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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for California on
Q: I need to terminate temporary guardianship. My son needs to home l requested a lawyer but got ignored..

The courts granted me weakly phone calls holidays and birthdays but I haven't talked to my son for a year .

Made a incident report with police.. what Will my attorney help with and what is the cost...

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Heather Mellyn Cullen
Heather Mellyn Cullen answered on Sep 19, 2016

It is in your best interest to consult with an experienced guardianship attorney who practices in the courthouse wherein your matter will be heard. The attorney can review you matter with you and outline the costs for services. Terminating a guardianship can be very difficult and costly. Your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for California on
Q: I am a minor at 17, and I want to see my mom that lost custody. I know she is clean and doing well can I see her?

She is married now and has a kid (my half brother) and gets to keep that kid and raise him. If she is capable of raising a new born I should have the right to see her right?

Heather Mellyn Cullen
Heather Mellyn Cullen answered on Sep 19, 2016

This is a difficult issue. When you are 18 you will be able to make any decision that you would like. However, the court has found that it is in your best interest to be with your father at this time. Therefore, you may want to discuss the issue of communicating with your mother with your father... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for California on
Q: How do I contest a home study done recently in regards to our possible adoption?
Heather Mellyn Cullen
Heather Mellyn Cullen answered on Sep 19, 2016

This is an adoption question (which is in the probate court) rather than a family law question. However, if you want to object to the home study you will want to discuss your options with an experienced adoption attorney. The court's utilize home studies in each adoption and they rely heavily on... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for California on
Q: Trying to serve other parent with custody papers but he avoiding sheriff what happens if not served in CA?

Trying to serve the other parent with child custody hearing papers but he is avoiding the Sheriff here in CA. What will happen at the hearing since he can't get served? Will the judge grant me temp sole custody? I cant afford an atty and I don't know how to find a pro bono atty. Thank you for your... Read more »

Heather Mellyn Cullen
Heather Mellyn Cullen answered on Sep 19, 2016

It is unlikely you will find a pro bono attorney for a family law matter. However, most courts offer an assistance center and have an attorney on staff to assist parties who are representing themselves. You can also request that service by allowed by a substitution method (most commonly by... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for California on
Q: What happens if I cant get the other parent served custody papers cuz his family is hiding him here in CA.

Im trying to get the other parent served with child custody hearing papers but his family is hiding him. What can happen if he doesnt get served in time for the hearing? The Sheriff Dept has tried serving him with no success. I cant afford an atty and dont know how to find a pro bono atty.

Heather Mellyn Cullen
Heather Mellyn Cullen answered on Sep 19, 2016

You may request that the other party be served by a substitute manner of service (most commonly serving another individual or publishing in the newspaper).

It is in your best interest to consult with an experienced family law attorney who practices in the courthouse wherein your matter will...
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