my son is about to turn 15 and wants to live with me full time. i was awarded sole legal and primary physical custody by the court. do i need to go back to court if he wants to live with me full time? there was no visitation schedule set in the court documents. with sole legal and primary physical... Read more »
If "full time" is different from the schedule set out in your order, you need to either do a written, signed agreement with the other parent setting out the new schedule (assuming that's allowed in your order), or if you can't agree, then you need to file a Motion to Modify Custody to get your...Read more »
My daughter is with her dads mom. She adoted her and she wont let me see her. I want to be apart of my daughters life. I would give anything to be apart of her life again. This is killing me inside. Please if there is anything i can do let me know. Thank you for your time. And god bless.
The adoptive parent has exactly the same rights as a parent. As the biological parent, you have no more rights than any unrelated person. Your best bet is to work with the adoptive parent, so that she will voluntarily allow you to have visits. If that's not possible, you may have no recourse,...Read more »
Once you've filed and a divorce case is pending, you usually need to get a written agreement from the other parent or court permission to leave the state. You should check the details of the standard order that is issued at the time the Complaint is filed. Different courts may have different...Read more »
If you have a custody order, then his rights are defined by that. If you have never gotten a custody order from the court, then you both have equal rights. In that case, you should file a Custody Complaint in court, and get the court to determine what is appropriate. If the father has not had...Read more »
The mother didnt show up to custody hearing on her younger child and father was granted custody. When he came to pick up the other child from mother mother was combative amd resulted in her arrest. Now she is threatening to come and take the older child(11) from my home. Mother is unemployed, has... Read more »
If the mother is pressing her rights, you will have difficulty opposing her unless you get a court order granting you custody. In the mean time, you can enlist the help of the father, who presumably got custody at the hearing you referenced. He could give you a power of attorney for the older...Read more »
I want to know how can I keep her with me permanently. She doesn’t like going over to the other persons house. She fights me because she hates it there. I just need help. The adoptive parent has never given me a dime for this child.
The only permanent solution to this problem is adoption. That is something you would probably need legal help with, particularly if the legal parents are't cooperative. It is possible to do an adoption even if the legal parents aren't on board, but it might require a trial, which can be...Read more »
Yes. Any blood relative would have priority over an unrelated foster home. Your mother needs to contact OCS and request placement. They should place with her as long as she has a clean record. If they don't, she can ask the court to order it, and OCS would have to explain why she's not...Read more »
If you haven't already, contact OCS immediately. Ask them for your child. If they say no, ask for a copy of the Petition they have filed with the court. Take the Petition to the courthouse, and go to the Children's office in the basement. Show them the case number and ask for the paperwork to...Read more »
When you say non-custodial, it sounds as if you have primary custody (70% or more custody time). In that case, the other parent's visitation percentage does not change the support calculation (it's the same between 70 and 100% of the time). If the other parent wants the child support amount...Read more »
There is quite a bit of grey area in the answer to your question. The best practice is to work out your agreement and then submit it to the court to get an updated custody order. You may want to run the agreement by a lawyer before signing if you have any questions, and to help you put it into...Read more »
Of course, you should first do everything you can to reach an agreement. You can't just assume that he has to come back. If you're not going to live in the same state, then you'll need to find a way to share custody. Neither of you gets to just keep your daughter. If you can't reach an...Read more »
The old custody agreement had split custody and talked about the details regarding pfd’s, taxes, sharing of address, daycare names, that sort of stuff. The new order gives me full legal custody and him supervised visits 3x a month in a public place for 4 hours each time. It does not discuss... Read more »
Normally a modification order only affects the things it addresses, such as the custody schedule. If it doesn't include a new provision for PFD's etc, then the provision of the old order would continue in effect. Most modification orders will state that explicitly, but if the other matters...Read more »
I have sole legal custody & primary physical of all 4 kids with my felon ex in another state getting visitation. My son & ex believe that I have lost custody in this scenerio & that I cant put my son into residential treatment or theraputic foster care (Im not comfortable with him returning home... Read more »
Your rights have not been terminated, and your custody order remains in effect. Physical custody may have been temporarily given to the state (though there's a big difference between temporary detention pending trial, and being committed to a facility at the final disposition hearing). The state...Read more »
OCS is supposed to give preference to blood relatives. There's a streamlined licensing process for relatives. However, someone who already has a relationship with the kids should also get preference (this isn't a statutory right, but it just makes sense.) OCS is short on foster homes, so they...Read more »
My daughter is 14, and visitation with her father is out of state, whenever he and I agree to. Since I have sole legal and physical custody am I able to designate in a will where she will live if something happens to me, or will sole custody automatically be awarded to her father?
The custody order only divides up parental rights between the two of you. If either parent dies, that division is no longer relevant. The surviving parent would have priority over any other person unless a court determines otherwise. That determination would have to be done based on the...Read more »
My ex has a drug problem and has been in and out of rehab multiple times. She has lost her government assistance and has no job to my knowledge. My 2 year daughter is picking up bad habits because my ex smokes weed, cigarettes, and possible other substances in front of her. My ex also has... Read more »
If you already have a custody order, file a Motion to Modify Custody. If you don't have a custody order yet, file a Complaint for Custody. The court system has forms online for this purpose. DR-411 is the Complaint, and DR-700 is the Motion to Modify.
I have custody of her but her father and I agreed to let her move to Washington with him. now she has run away and wants to come back. what are my rights as her parent and if I picked her up or flew her home would there be any legal actions he could take against me?
If you have custody under a court order, there would be little risk for you to fly her home. The important thing is to keep the father in the loop. Just keep your daughter safe and work together with her father. If you can't do both, err on the side of keeping your daughter safe. Just keep in...Read more »
I had no intent to keep our daughter from her, and she knew that. But, when i let her take her for a walk the day after, she didnt come back. She took off and his from me and now is in another city. She filed for custody and child support. Is this legal?
Yes, it is completely legal. Until you get a custody order, you both have equal custodial rights. Hiding from you isn't a good thing, but since she filed for custody, you now have her address and a forum for determining how to arrange custody between the two of you. If you ask for it, the...Read more »
My mom and I take care of my sisters children who have been placed with us for a while now under her foster care license. Someone told me that if a parent has had their rights terminated, that they can not adopt a child. I was just wondering if this is true.
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