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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.

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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 »

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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?

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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?
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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?
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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?

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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
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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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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for Louisiana on
Q: I was sexually abused by my pastor who was also my employer & Christian counsellor. He abused his power and sacred ..

.. sacred position, took advantage of my severe history of trauma, and violated my trust, destroyed my faith, gave me COVID from some missionaries that visited 2 months ago, and worst of all, when my phone broke and I needed a new one, he gave me his old one (after he thought he deleted most... Read more »

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Jan 26, 2021

Your pastor may have committed a crime, which would be handled through law enforcement and the District Attorney. You should call your local police department or Sheriff's Office to discuss that aspect further. However, I recommend that you speak with an attorney who handles personal injury... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Health Care Law and Medical Malpractice for Louisiana on
Q: can a 16 yr old kid be examined without a guardian present. and do they have to let guardian know what is determined.

an pec was signed for a 16yr old kid

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Jan 22, 2021

Generally, there are certain instances a minor can be examined without a guardian present. The facts of each case would determine whether this could be done. And yes, the parent or legal guardian is usually entitled to have access to that information, absent some limited exceptions (such as a... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning for Louisiana on
Q: Can the handwritten will be legal if printed?Covington. LA
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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Dec 16, 2020

If mean written by hand (manuscript) then it's an olographic will, and it can be legal if it is entirely handwritten by the testator, and if it's dated and signed by the testator. If it's typed or printed of of a computer, then it's not handwritten, but it can be a valid... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Louisiana on
Q: While sep from my wife she had two other children from different fathers. Why are they listed as mine on paperwork?
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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Dec 10, 2020

If she gave birth to the children while married to you, you are presumed by law to be the father. If this is the case, you should consult with an attorney to discuss how to disavow paternity of the children. Otherwise, you could be legally responsible for paying child support for them.

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2 Answers | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: What steps to take for my husband to adopt my daughter? Her father isn't on the birth certificate nor part of life.

He is on child support but is over $11,000 behind. Also 2 years ago he wanted to sign over rights so he will most likely gladly sign them over so he doesn't have to pay.

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Dec 3, 2020

An attorney familiar with adoption law can help you. Intrafamily adoptions are fairly quick, assuming the biological father does not object (or if his consent is not required) and they are generally less expensive than other types of adoptions.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: How can i get custody of my niece when shes born or maybe even before hand?

My sister is due to give birth in 3 weeks and has been doing illegal substances the entire pregnancy and has been violent to others and self harmed and is homeless and has another child less than 2 years old in the states care i cant have children of my own and i am the only family member with the... Read more »

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Nov 22, 2020

You need to have an attorney involved as soon as possible, so that pleadings will be ready to file as soon as the child is born. Speak with an attorney who handles custody and family law matters. Good luck.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Louisiana on
Q: My girlfriend turns 18 in a few months, but she is still in high school. If she leaves on her bday, can she be arrested?

She is in an abusive home with her dad and stepmom, but her dad has a lot of money. Like a lot. She says that on her 18th birthday she is going to leave to live with her mom and her dad told her that if she left then he would have her and her mother arrested. Legally, can he do that? She is still a... Read more »

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Nov 20, 2020

Technically, if a child leaves home at 17, she cannot be arrested. However, her father could file to have her adjudicated as a delinquent. At 18, she is a legal adult and can live wherever she wants.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Real Estate Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can I be removed from my parents estate property after living here with my 86yr old grandmother?

I been living here 10+yrs and grandmother living here longer. Will has been claimed invalid according to courts. I have two siblings & brother doesn't want estate but sister does and am currently trying to work a deal with her. We live in Louisiana.

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Nov 6, 2020

If you or are an owner or heir to the property, they have no right to evict you. To require you to move would most likely require one of your siblings to file to have the property partitioned or sold. Good luck.

4 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: Shared custody my son came home and said his dad hit him and he was tired of it wanted to call the police i brought him

To er they sent him to psychiatric hosp . he doesnt want me to tell his dad. Do i legally have to tell his dad anything? Hes supposed to be with his dad so his dad wants to know where he is. He called the er and told him he wasnt there. I dont know what to do and this is time sensitive. I want to... Read more »

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Nov 4, 2020

The ER should have called the police or OCS because of the suspected physical abuse. If they didn't, you should. You should also speak with an attorney or the local domestic abuse advocate (if you have trouble locating this person, call your parish DA's office and ask for her number)... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: I went to ocs protective services cause that’s what the police officer told me and my daughter to do. He tried kill her.

But they said cause they just got evicted when we had whole hostage situation and cudnt serve, she instead went & got thier lawyer to bail him out didnt talk to nobody and left her baby wit me for two month I had to call and make a missing persons because she never checked in even when I told... Read more »

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Nov 3, 2020

I don't understand what you're asking, but from what I can understand, you are caring for a child who would be placed in danger if returned to the parents. I strongly suggest you contact an attorney who handles custody matters to advise you on what steps you can take to keep custody and... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: im trying to find out if I am required to go to a court date or if i can get it dismissed?

short version I live in Louisiana my divorce was done here. I have a ongoing trial for custody in Louisiana. My ex left the state of Louisiana, around august 2020, with the kids and moved to Georgia without notifying myself or filling with the judge. She then filed a ex parte in Georgia immediately... Read more »

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Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Oct 28, 2020

You have a very good argument for having her filing dismissed in GA, but you need to hire an attorney in that jurisdiction to file pleadings to have them dismissed. This needs to be done before the court date.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Louisiana on
Q: Where can I find legal aid to help me get a divorce?
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Oct 28, 2020

Do an internet search for "legal aid" or "legal services" located in the parish seat of the parish where you live.

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: I have 2 daughters with my wife and 1 baby with a woman I had an affair with. She wants child support,Will it decrease

Will she get less money on child support because I have other children? Will it help low the cost?

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Oct 26, 2020

The judge is not legally required to consider the other children, unless there is a court order of support for them. The judge may consider the fact that you have other children in your household to deviate from the child support guidelines, but he/she is not required to.

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