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0 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Support for Idaho on
Q: My husband and I separated, I applied for daycare and food stamp assistance. Child support now wants to open a case.

I don’t want to go through child support to calculate,we want to solve our issues regarding financial support for our children amicably, can we go about that without further action from child support?

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Idaho on
Q: There is a sixteen year old that has been taking care of her two younger siblings, while living with her dad.

The state has taken them away from him. The mother is unable to take care of them. They don't want to go live with the paternal grandparents, who live in another state. Is there anything that she can do? She has grown up before her age and wants to raise her siblings herself.

0 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Idaho on
Q: My son was born November of 2013 in another state. A few short months after birth his father moved out of the state

and us home to ID 6m after the abandonment. Said father is not on the birth certificate, has never been in his life, established paternity, paid CS or contributed to his life . Can my Spouse adopt my son without the bio dads consent? He is soon to be nine and has never met him.

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Idaho on
Q: Is there a way I can get emancipated at 17 in idaho?

I’m in a very difficult spot to say the least and have not been doing good mentally, I’ve had to purchase my own food, clothes, and other belongings, I am not covered with medical insurance under my parents, and many other things, it would be a lot better for me and my mental well being to move... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Idaho on
Q: Ex boyfriend and I ha e 15 yr old son. We were never married no custody ever established. He won't let my son live w me

He's got a record for abuse. Self medicated. Choked out my son by previous marriage. I'm moving out of state. Have a place to live and job son will have his own room . My ex won't let him leave with me. Can he do that? And what do I do?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Idaho on
Q: I signed my parental rights over of my son to his aunt but it wasn't notorized is it still legal and can it be used

His grandma has temp guardianship and I want my son back I didn't mean to sign my rights over to the aunt what do I do

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Sep 9, 2022

Idaho law says that a parent may give someone their parental rights for upto six (6) months, without having to go to court. Many people do this. The fact that it wasn't notarized will not do anything for you, unless it is your belief that your signature was forged or that your spouse's... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Idaho on
Q: Does a QRDO override a divorce decree? My decree states I forgo my ex’s retirement. But there is not a QRDO filed.

Married 1982- 1996, I was a stay at home mom for the first 11 years of marriage . I agreed under duress because at the time my X Threatened he would leave the state and not give me even child support . Fast forward to today. My X is retiring and asked need to sign a waiver of pension benefits. I... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Sep 9, 2022

A QDRO does not override a Divorce Decree, it merely directs the Plan Administrator on how to divide a 401k or military or state retirement. It's simply the "instructions" on how to do it. So, the answer is probably YES you would have the right at this point to get a large portion... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce and Family Law for Idaho on
Q: my husband in in jail for two days and will be brought to the court tomorrow. He has got dimentia or some disfunction

He won't get help and I fear for my life. Can we file something with his mental and start divorce? He wants to hurt me after 55 years of caring for him and it has come to this. I am truly scared of him. What are my rights?

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Mar 20, 2022

Idaho Code allows a Petitioner to seek out a Civil Protection Order. All you need to do is go into the Clerk's Office and ask for Civil Protection papers, and the Clerk will give them to you. They might even have a "Court Assistance Office" to help you fill out the papers. Once... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury, Domestic Violence and Landlord - Tenant for Idaho on
Q: Hello! My family is dealing with an odd situation and I'd like to know what steps can be taken to resolve it.

My mom's ex is abusive towards her and my sisters. She "left him" but he still comes over. She's been charging my sisters rent. They are over 18. Do they then have a say in whether or not he's allowed at the house if the are paying rent? They feel unsafe with him around but... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Mar 14, 2022

Well, is sounds like you're asking this, correct me if I'm wrong:

Your parents were divorced. You are out of the house now but your sisters are still living with your mother, who apparently is a co-owner of the house that you and your mom's ex, owned?

If your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Idaho on
Q: Looking for a lawyer or somebody that can just help me do response to a petition to modify it order judgment or decree
Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Mar 14, 2022

Most attorneys are reticent to simply "help" someone prepare a "Response to Petition."

Why? Several reasons:

1. He will do much more work in helping you, then you feel like paying him for;

2. You will feel comfortable calling him several times,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Tax Law for Idaho on
Q: Does pro rata payment of the value of the tax exemptions" mean her part of taxes is included in child support each month
Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Feb 17, 2022

The short answer is YES.

There are several exemptions, credits and deductions in the tax code. The Idaho Child Support Guidelines, which are found in the new, Idaho Rules of Family Law Procedure, are confusing to say the least on this. Here are some points to consider:

1. The...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Idaho on
Q: My ex spouse received stimulus money for child but doesnt even see child. Is there anything i can do about that?
Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Dec 27, 2021

Does the Stimulus Program dictate that only mother's with minor children at home will receive any money? I could be mistaken, and have been many times, but I don't think Congress created that program for ONLY single mothers, with minor children at home. Are you sure you're not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Idaho on
Q: My daughter who is 2 hasn’t seen her mom since she was 4 months. can I file for abandonment/get her rights removed?

Her mom has been in and out of jail and she doesn’t call or text only reason I know she’s not in jail is because I check her Facebook. But she has had ZERO contact since she was 4 months old. No contact no calls no money nothing.

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Oct 25, 2021

Idaho used to have a statute that said that a parent who fail to have normal parent/child relationship for over one year without just cause was guilty of abandonment and subject to having rights terminated. I do not know personally why that law was abandoned by the Idaho legislature but it has... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Idaho on
Q: Is it legal for an adult aunt to share a bedroom with her teenage niece. We have been told that it is illegal
Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Oct 12, 2021

There is no Idaho criminal law prohibiting an adult female from sharing a bedroom with a family member.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Idaho on
Q: What should I consider before moving out of jointly owned house with our child? Can this hurt me if we later divorce?

My husband's drinking is out of control and endangering our child. He won't leave, and I think it's best for us to temporarily separate. Can this decision impact a later divorce, custody, or division of assets? What else should I consider before moving?

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Oct 12, 2021

You can separate without having a formal Separation Order. In fact, if you file for Divorce, the law gives either of the parties the right to ask the court for a sort-of "time out," where the parties will be prohibited each from filing any kind of paper for a period of ninety (90) days,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Idaho on
Q: Been paying ch. supp. for a year, no order. Can I be credited for voluntarily paying when complaint for divorce filed?

Have been paying for my 2 daughters since Sept. of last year without any type of legal documentation. Wife moved against my wishes to Idaho while I went back to San Diego (we were in Italy) as am in Navy, but she committed to working on our marriage. I trusted her but it seems as she just said... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Oct 1, 2021

It sounds as though she did trick you, in order to establish residency in Idaho. I don't know what was going on at the time she wanted to move back to the states between you two. But it doesn't matter now. She has filed for divorce, in Idaho. Here are some suggestions, with the most... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Idaho on
Q: My daughter is 16 her boyfriend is 21 and her dad let him move in with them is this illegal? Can her dad get in trouble

Can his new 25 year old girlfriend get in trouble as well ? They both allow it even tho it's illegal in idaho

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Sep 3, 2021

Your daughter is too young to have sex with a 21 year old man, period. IF the father permits them to live together, as "house mates," no foul. If the father allows them to sleep in the same bed, that is illegal and NO the girlfriend has NO liability, because she has NO rights to your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Idaho on
Q: Can my childs mother keep my son from visiting me before court ordered custody is established in idaho

She has been refusing me visitation with our son, i moved to idaho to be near him.

We got married but she didnt turn in paperwork

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Jul 30, 2021

Yes she can. At this point, until you establish parental RIGHTS to your child, the ONLY thing Idaho gives you are RESPONSIBILITIES! Financial responsibilities. However, just because you're paying child support, that doesn't bestow a SINGLE RIGHT on you. To get RIGHTS to a child, you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Idaho on
Q: can idaho css suspend a drivers license for arrears in child support even after the 5 yr statue of limitations has past?
Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Aug 2, 2021

Yes. Idaho has no statute of limitations for collecting child support. Suspending your DL is a Legislative creation. Chapter 12, Title 32. The limitation of 5 yrs. where did you get that? I have made a rather cursory check of the limitations of certain actions in Idaho, and unfortunately, I... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Idaho on
Q: Can my husband adopt my daughter without biological fathers consent

My daughters biological father has never been in her life, when I was pregnant my now husband was my boyfriend so he’s been with me since before she was born. Her birth certificate has no fathers name on it. Her biological father hasn’t even talked to me or asked about her since I was a month... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Jul 6, 2021

The answer to your question is NO. Your bf/now husband and you however, are in the position now of replacing the birth father BY ADOPTION with your new husband. But you are going to need to file two petitions:

1. Petition for Termination. This petition says, the bio father has not acted...
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