Questions Answered by Douglas Lee Bryan

Q: How do I begin the process of terminating parental rights? We have not heard from my childs father in 6 months?

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Answered on Apr 11, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
If you and your spouse have been married for over 6 months, your spouse can file to adopt the child at this time. This would terminate the father's rights. This is a relatively inexpensive process, compared to a private adoption. Give me a call and I'll be happy to discuss the process and costs involved.

Q: my husband is paying child support for his kids but they dont got to school one isnt even enrolled both are 16 and older

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support for Louisiana on
Answered on Apr 8, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
He needs to keep paying support until a court rules otherwise. Your question isn't easily answered in this forum. There are actions that your husband can take if he believes the children aren't being properly raised or getting the educational opportunities they need. And if they no longer live with their mother, he can file to terminate the support order for that reason. Your husband needs to speak with an attorney to discuss his options and the potential cost of doing so. I'd be happy to...

Q: To get divorced in Louisiana with a child you have to live separate for 1 year. What proof is required of residencies?

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Louisiana on
Answered on Apr 9, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
Usually testimony of the parties and perhaps an independent witness is all that's required.

Q: Where can i get free or low cost legal help to adopt twin 3 year old boys at Texas CPS. They are ready for adoption .

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Answered on Apr 3, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
Are you looking to adopt them in Louisiana? If so, I'm not sure what free resources, if any, are available. I would be happy to speak with you and discuss your case and the potential fees and and expenses; feel free to give me a call.

Q: Is a change of venue possible for custody litigation? Specifically, two judges have been recused already due to bias.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Answered on Apr 2, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
A change of venue isn't likely solely due to the need to recuse judges. The LA Supreme Court can appoint a retired judge, or a judge from another jurisdiction to hear your case if all of the judges in that district have been recused.

Q: Can I adopt my niece who is the age of 35 years old ?

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 31, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
Yes, an adult adoption is a fairly uncomplicated process and is done by affidavit. An adoption attorney can walk you through the process and give you an idea of the cost, which should be fairly affordable. Give me a call, and I'll be happy to discuss further and answer any questions you may have.

Q: I have been to court 2 times with 2 custody evaluators in the case. I need to fight again but have no money. Can you hep

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 29, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
If you have credible information establishing the sexual abuse, you should call the police and DCFS right away. You can also check with your local clerk of court or District Attorney's office (ask for the domestic abuse advocate) for the forms necessary to seek a domestic abuse restraining order and order of temporary custody. Good luck.

Q: Ex MIL filed for visitation saying we refuse ~ when she has not called them n 16mth. Can we fight it? Accusations r lies

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 29, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
Generally, non-parents don't have an automatic right to visitation with a child. There are some exceptions, however. You should speak with an attorney familiar with custody law as soon as possible.

Q: open succession without a surviving spouses approval or help. How do we find out how much money is in accts

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 28, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
Retain an attorney to open her succession. An attorney experienced in handling probate law is familiar with the steps to determine what assets exist and the methodology to value them.

Q: How is it my daughter husband ONLY served 3months in jail for 2ND DEGREE ASSAULT WITH WEAPON?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 26, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
That is a question best asked of the assistant DA or victim's assistance coordinator with the DA's office.

Q: Do I have to pay a certain percent of my son's private school tuition? My ex says by law I have to pay 60%

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 21, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
Private school can be included in in the child support calculations, depending upon the circumstances. If the parties disagree, the judge will make that determination.

Q: Can my principal make me work and after school running program. Can I legally say no?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 20, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
You and your parents should discuss this issue with an attorney for an accurate answer. The facts you've provided doesn't give enough information to adequately answer your question. The easy answer is that you can refuse his request. The question mark is what consequences, if any, may you face if you do so.

Q: Maci is a waitress at a bar.b She is required to be at the bar promptly at 5:45 for a pre-staff meeting.

1 Answer | Asked in Workers' Compensation for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 19, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
Generally, someone is not entitled to worker's compensation benefits if injured traveling to or from work. While there are some exceptions to the rule, your scenario does not appear to apply to any of them.

Q: The father and I broke up a days ago . he won't allow me to take her. what are my rights

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 16, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
You should hire a family law attorney to pursue an order of custody.

Q: my dad was killed in a vehicle accident . is it law to take blood samples from the driver

1 Answer | Asked in Wrongful Death for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 13, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
Yes, the police will take a blood sample from all drivers involved as part of their investigation. My condolences on your loss.

Q: in a vehicle fatality is it law to do blood test

2 Answers | Asked in Wrongful Death for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 13, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
Yes, the police will perform a blood analysis on all drivers involved.

Q: How does my husband go about adopting my son. Ww been married for 28 years my son is almost 30

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Answered on Feb 26, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
This is a fairly simple process that’s done by affidavit. An attorney familiar with adoption law can let you know what documents are needed and the cost. Give me a call and I’ll be happy to discuss this with you further.

Q: My wife presented me with a note from a notary saying I have 10 days to move out of our apartment in which she is the on

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Feb 21, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
If you have a domestic abuse restraining order, it may give you the right to stay in the apartment. You should have an attorney review the situation with you to help determine what your rights are and whether you have a right to stay there. Regardless, she would have to comply with the eviction laws, including your right to a hearing.

Q: How can I forgive child support arrears?

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Feb 20, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
That can be done in the judgment changing custody. It would just need to specify that any and all arrearage is satisfied and/or forgiven. I would suggest having an attorney prepare a voluntary transfer of custody. Give me a call and I'll be happy to discuss the process and potential costs, including attorney fees and court costs.

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