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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can I get my ex boyfriend, who is not the biological father, removed from the birth certificate?

My son is 19 months old. Long story short my ex boyfriend (we shall call him A) of a year signed the birth certificate, but we split up 6 months ago and since then he hasn’t called or checked in on my son. The biological father (We will call him C) is, and always has been, in my sons life. We... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Oct 15, 2021

Yes, I would recommend that the biological father file suit to be recognized as the child's father. You can also sue to disavow paternity. I would recommend that you both speak with attorneys (you will need separate ones) to discuss how best to proceed.

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: IF MARRIED MAN HAS CHILD WITH MISTRESS BUT STAYS WITH HIS WIFE, CAN THE MOTHER OF THE CHILD NOT ALLOW CHILD AROUND WIFE?

The mother of the child will ONLY allow the father to hang out with her and the child. She wants the visits at her home. she wants dinners and hours of fun activities with just the 3 of them. She won't let him pick up the child or do anything with her not being there bc she wants to make... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Oct 11, 2021

He should consult with an attorney to protect and assert his paternal and custodial rights to the child. If he and the mother cannot agree on the terms of his custody and visitation, he should ask the court to do so. The mother alone does not have the final say.

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Louisiana on
Q: How do I get help with a divorce.. been separated about 9 years
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Oct 6, 2021

Simply call any attorney who handles divorce and family law. Many attorneys will offer an affordable rate for an uncontested divorce, and they can often be done without setting foot in a courtroom.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: If I am my son's legal father in louisiana, can his mother have me removed from the birth certificate?

His mother and I are not married, but have been living together since before he was born. He is now 7. We both signed the birth certificate and the AOP at the hospital. She now doesn't want me to be his father, but no one else will claim him. I want to be his dad. Can she make me prove it... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Sep 28, 2021

If you're on the child's birth certificate, you're his father, whether she wants you to be or not. If she refuses to allow you to be in his life, you need to assert your rights in court. Consult with a family law attorney in the parish where she lives to discuss your options.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: How do I obtain emergency custody of my minor children where there is NO court order or even divorce decree?
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Sep 1, 2021

You should contact a family law/divorce attorney as soon as possible. The attorney will know the procedure that should be followed and make arrangements to file and present the Petition for Emergency Custody to the judge for his/her consideration.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: I live in Louisiana, a friend wants me to adopt her 13 year old daughter. Do we have to have a lawyer?
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Aug 27, 2021

Adoption law is a specialized area of law and, unless you are familiar with it, a lot can go wrong. And if one thing isn't done right, the whole adoption can fall apart. Therefore, it's important that you have an attorney who knows how to handle adoptions. Good luck, and... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: When daughter turns 18 but is still in High school he thinks he can send cks made to her instead! Can he do that?
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Aug 17, 2021

No, the support is owed to the parent, not the child.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: My son just turned 18 but has 1 more year of high school. His biological father has not paid child support in years.

Child support enforcement says they can't find him to serve him and have not been able to make him pay the over $40k and there has been a warrant out for his arrest but because of his political connections, nothing is being done. My son wants to be adopted by my fiance who is also adopting my... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Aug 6, 2021

Yes, he can.

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1 Answer | Asked in Personal Injury for Louisiana on
Q: If we have used these products and daughters skin and is now allergic formaldehyde. My son is loosing his hair @24

Can we be compensated for this

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Jul 9, 2021

There are several lawsuits seeking class certification pending now involving products that either used formaldehyde or formaldehyde-releasing agents in them. It's certainly possible that the products your family have used may be included in at least one of the suits. An attorney who handles... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Health Care Law and Wrongful Death for Louisiana on
Q: My sister was hospitalized and released from a hospital in 2018 and had to readmitted the next day and intubated .

When she was released she wasn't suctioned properly and Conti ued to be admitted and released . She asphyxiated on the trache in 2019. Can I sue for wrongful death?

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Jul 1, 2021

In Louisiana, one has a year from the date that he/she knew (or should have known) of the malpractice or, in any case, within three years of the date of the malpractice, to file a request for a review panel with the LA Division of Administration. Considering the facts you've presented, action... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: When a child is adopted is the adopted parents names put on the birth certificate as the parents in place of the birth

Parent

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Jun 24, 2021

The Judgment granting the adoption typically orders the state's vital records office to reissue the birth certificate. The adopted parents must then mail the judgment along with an application to the state office for the new certificate to be issued.

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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Libel & Slander, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets for Louisiana on
Q: My former employer accused me of stealing 1000.00 dollars. I did not do this and can prove it.

My former employer accused me of stealing a thousand dollars. I did not do this. I was asked by him if I would take a polygraph and I said yes. I waited to hear from him and did not. 3 months later I am riding with my boyfriend and he gets pulled over and he was told that they was looking for me to... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Jun 23, 2021

You should speak with an attorney to discuss your rights regarding the unpaid wages. There are specific laws that regulate the time within which an employer must pay you. After the alleged theft issue was resolved, he may not be able to claim that as a defense. At the very least, you should... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: Yes my fiancee and I live in Louisiana, and a close family friend is living with use because she really has no other opt

opportunity to live anywhere else but in the streets or what would be called couch surfing! She is 26 weeks pregnant with a boy and doesn't want him because she has no stability, financial help, and has a drug problem when not pregnant! She has two other children being cared for by family... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on May 19, 2021

You and your fiancé should consult with an attorney who handles adoptions as soon as possible There are steps that should be taken prior to the child's birth. Also, you and your significant other should consider getting married, as the stability of your relationship will be an issue for the... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: whats my first step to getting custody 50/50 started in DeRidder,LA?

kids live with him, because he took them.

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Apr 9, 2021

Contact an attorney who handles divorce and family law.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Louisiana on
Q: Can I legally change my children's last name? And have my ex husband rights stripped? The kids are 6&5

When we got divorced in 2018 he was in prison since then he has never portioned the court for visitation and has never payed a cent since they were born we were legally separated in 2015. Can I strip him of his rights? Since 2018 he has been in and out of jail multiple times and is a felon. This... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Mar 25, 2021

If you have remarried, your husband (the child's step-father) can adopt your child without the father's consent in certain circumstances. One of those reasons is if he has failed to communicate with the child without just cause for a period of more than 6 months. This would terminate... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: My son signed a thought to be child birth certificate. After 2 dna test he’s not the father. How can he remove his name

Can he file petition himself in New Orleans civil court and how?

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Mar 17, 2021

He has one year from the date that he knew or should have known he's not the father to file a Petition to Disavow Paternity. He should consult with a family lawyer as soon as possible.

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2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Civil Litigation for Louisiana on
Q: I need immediate assistance with my Dad's estate. Fraud has been committed, what do I do to resolve this matter?
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Feb 24, 2021

You should consult with an attorney who handles successions or estate matters. You should get an attorney immediately if you suspect fraud.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: Can a hearing officer order a drug screen without any evidence, in a custody battle?
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Feb 19, 2021

The law requires that there be good cause shown to order a drug screen. If a hearing officer orders one, that order can be appealed to a trial judge immediately. In a "good cause" standard of review, however, the courts are given a wide range of deference, and such an order is rarely... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: i know my "parents" use my checks that i get from the state for drugs. they never buy me things that need

like female things and cloths, socks, shoes. sometimes we go without water for some days, sometimes we have no lights or food. so can i leave my house at 16?

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Feb 17, 2021

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. You would have to be emancipated to legally leave the house at 16. I would recommend that you contact an adult family member who may be able to help with your situation, or contact DCFS (Child Protection) to intervene and get you the help that you... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Traffic Tickets for Louisiana on
Q: Can I get an ex offender provisional license if I owe back child support. I was released from jail on 2/6/21
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Feb 8, 2021

That would probably depend on whether Support Enforcement submitted your name for suspension of licenses as a result of the arrearage. If so, you would probably speak with to your caseworker to try and make satisfactory payment arrangements to lift the suspension.

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