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Q: How do I go to police after running away and not go back to my dad I want to live with mom but she has no custody TN

I ran away from my dad's house because I wasn't mentally well I was always depressed and I couldn't get help. My dad's wife told me I said therapy wouldn't work after I went to an evaluation and wanted to go back. They've been very manipulative using the fact that my... Read more »

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Q: I'm trying to get my custody back of my 7yr old, 4,3, an 2yr olds. I'm a single mom with a10mth old

I don't have the kind of money that the other parties have for lawyers. Our next court date is August 11th an I'm very desperate. Plz can I get help. I live in Jefferson co but court is in Kingston

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Q: Can i take my nephew out of state permanently without legal custody or guardianship?

Mother recently passed away. Father not on birth certificate or involved. Father also wont respond to any attempts to reach him. Im in Tennessee. My nephew is in Illinois. Help!!!! I cant get any lawyers to call me back.

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Q: My brother filed for emergency custody of my 3 children, when I was in rehab, and wont let me talk to them or see them?

He pretended like he and his gf were going to help me watch my babies while I went into rehab to get better for 3 weeks, since I’m their living parent, my husband passed in 2019. Brother was granted the emergency custody and let me talk to my kids every night and never told me about the emergency... Read more »

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Q: I need information on how to petition a court for mother’s rights/custody/visitation. Also, grandparents rights.

I live in Hawkins County, TN. My daughter, her soon to be ex husband, and her 4 children live in Knoxville, TN. My daughter has been in an extremely mentally abusive relationship for almost 10 years. They met when she was 17 and he was 30…he lied about his age). Three weeks ago, her husband... Read more »

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Q: Can an ex get step parent visitation rights?

I have 3 children and my ex and I just got our marriage annulled. He is threatening to request step parent visitation rights over my 2 year old. Not my other two children just her. I do not want that. Her bio dad does not want that. My ex has children he signed rights over to. But for some reason... Read more »

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Q: My brother filed for emergency custody of my 3 children, when I was in rehab, and wont let me talk to them or see them?

He pretended like he and his gf were going to help me watch my babies while I went into rehab to get better for 3 weeks, since I’m their living parent, my husband passed in 2019. Brother was granted the emergency custody and let me talk to my kids every night and never told me about the emergency... Read more »

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Q: So my son and I are sleeping in a living room right now. Is there anything illegal about that?

He has his own crib that he sleeps in and everything he needs. He is safe loved and well taken care of I just want to make sure he can’t be taken from me bc I am working on getting us a place

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Q: Im pretty sure I have a child support bench warrant for my kids that gotten taken in 2020. I had a baby June 30 2022.

I have court in the morning ove them taking my newborn last week. Will the warrant show up in court will I go to jail?

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Q: Can i file contempt of court on my ex husband for not letting me get our daughter on my weekends?

I am suppose to get our daughter the 3rd weekend of every month an since February 2022 he has blocked me from having any contact with her an want let her come. I believe they have moved to North Carolina also but im not forsure.

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Jul 5, 2022

If he has violated the court's orders, and moved without following the procedure in the statute regarding moving, then you could seek contempt. You are also allowed uninterrupted phones calls with the minor during your non-custodial time by statute. Consult local counsel to see whether you can... Read more »

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Q: Info on how to file for child custody when parents live in different states?
Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Jun 30, 2022

Depends on who is filing, where the parties reside and for how long. Jurisdictional analysis depends on several factors. Hire counsel to determine your options.

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Q: What about modification of a temporary parenting plan?

I have an agreed order with 2-2-3 schedule while living with spouse during divorce. I want to move out and ask the court for primary custody.

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Jun 29, 2022

The procedure would be to file a motion seeking that kind of relief. But any major life change like moving needs to be done by an appropriate court order. You would be wise to hire counsel to assist in this process.

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Q: I've been fighting to see my kids for over a year and I live in Kentucky but the case is in Tennessee and I need help
Bob G Huddleston Jr.
Bob G Huddleston Jr.
answered on May 1, 2022

It will help any attorney who wants to respond if you could provide more background information.

For example,

1) Who has custody?

2) Is there a Tennessee court order finding that the children were dependent and neglected?

3) If so, does the order reflect that a...
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Q: If someone is convicted of aggravated child abuse could they ever get custody back of child?

Aggravated child abuse in car accident

Cayley Turrin
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Cayley Turrin
answered on Apr 27, 2022

It depends on the courts decision. There is not a law that says never though but consult with a family law attorney.

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Q: If parent filed modification for custody in TN and TN parenting plan wasn’t signed by judge would previous order stand?

There is a previous order from another state. If TN parenting plan was never signed by a judge is previous order in another state still valid?

Thomas W Coupé
Thomas W Coupé
answered on Apr 20, 2022

The courts speak through their orders and only order that have been signed and entered will ultimately have authority.

HOWEVER...sometimes a court will rule on a matter and that ruling takes effect immediately. Sometimes there is a delay before the order has been created, filed, signed, and...
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Q: How to pursue relocation if I am the custodial parent of 2 boys?

Dad pays child support for 1 and has the standard visitation of every other weekend. There isn’t support established for the other, nor a parenting plan. He doesn’t provide any physical everyday support. The move would establish better financial support, emotional support, educational support,... Read more »

Thomas W Coupé
Thomas W Coupé
answered on Apr 20, 2022

The custodial parent is free to move without the court’s approval if that move is less than 50 miles from the other parent. If that parent wants to move further or out-if-state, the law requires the parent to provide a written notice to the courts and the other parent.

The notice must...
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Q: In Tennessee does a father not married, but signed the birth certificate legally have 50:50 on his child?
Bob G Huddleston Jr.
Bob G Huddleston Jr.
answered on Mar 25, 2022

Until an unmarried father petitions for and is eventually granted custody rights, the father has parentage obligations to keep the child safe and provide financial support but has absolutely zero parental or custodial rights.

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Q: My son & his GF are 19. Can my ex bring up in court that they stay the night together at my house?
Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Mar 9, 2022

Yes if it is relevant evidence to the issues before the Court.

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Q: How do I go about finding out what my rights are with my children father has full custody

Only see my kids once a month and wanting more visitation how do I go about doing that?

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Feb 23, 2022

You'd need to petition the court for a modification. You would be wise to consult with an attorney for assistance with this process.

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Q: Is this contempt of court in an equal custody case?

We both have equal custody. Our son is about to turn 5 but is still delayed with speech and other social aspects. His speech therapist recommends he gets an Autism evaluation that will allow for better treatment. His mother is completely against any evaluation because she does not want him to be... Read more »

Hannah Burdine
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Hannah Burdine
answered on Feb 3, 2022

Hi, It depends on what your parenting plan says. There is a section in all parenting plans in Tennessee that provides how medical/educational decisions are made, whether it's a joint decision, or whether one of you has final say.

If it's a joint decision, and you two cannot...
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