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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for California on
Q: How can I get my daughter back?

I have joint custody and during COVID (my job and family were being exposed) we agreed it would be safe for our daughter to stay with her mom. Now that my job and family has been better, I wanted to go back to normal schedule but the mom does not want to give her back and said that she kept her... Read more »

Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Manuel Alzamora Juarez answered on Nov 19, 2020

If a reasonable phone call and letter does not do the trick then you have to hire a lawyer to submit a contempt order, if you have previously been granted joint custody. best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Child Support for California on
Q: The Sonoma county Courthouse, Dale

The stress I’ve lawyer is needed at the Sonoma Count Courthouse, Dale. Can you help me?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Nov 5, 2020

If you are trying to contact an attorney directly through this website, you are not. This is a public forum to ask questions. You need to phone the attorney at the number listed on their profile. Good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for California on
Q: Brad, I am looking for some at the Sonoma Superior Courthouse Santa Rosa Ca. Please any name you can give me!

Sonoma County Courthouse Santa Rosa Ca

I need a few names or i am going to get rolled over by a bulldozer. Please help!

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Nov 5, 2020

If you are trying to contact an attorney directly through this website, you are not. This is a public forum to ask questions. You need to phone the attorney at the number listed on their profile. Good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for California on
Q: Do I still have to pay my ex spouse child support, if the judge has given me temporary custody of my

child, due to my ex spouse currently being unstable and providing a hostile environment to our child?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Nov 2, 2020

You should have asked the Judge this question when you got Temporary Custody as you describe. It would seem the logical answer is no, but not all family law is logical. You should discuss how to deal with this with a local family law attorney.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for California on
Q: Is there a lawyer who can help defend the parents of an infant who is in the hospital (but they did nothing wrong)?

We have some family members who called 911 because their infant was acting strange/ irritated and seemed to have trouble breathing. When the first responders arrived they immediately asked “What did you do to your baby?”

Once at the hospital, the doctors told them that their son has... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Nov 2, 2020

They need a criminal defense attorney, and a pretty good one too, because this does not sound very good for them.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Child Custody for California on
Q: My boyfriend had kicked me and my daughter out. A few days later I went to grab more of her things from the apt.

I went to put Her to sleep so I can complete the task but fell asleep with her . To only wake up to the apt getting raided because my ex had a warrant from probation . They found an syringe on the couch one in the cabinet and some In his drawer in his toom. I was asleep with my daughter in her... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 25, 2020

more info needed.

it looks like your immediate need might be a criminal lawyer with family law experience if this is an arrest/citation for a drug charge.

if you can't afford one ask for the public defender and explain the facts as you did to me.

did they find/suspect...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for California on
Q: I was incarcerated and had a child during that time and gave temporary guardianship to my mother. She went to court and

Got guardianship for my son, she will not let me see him and I need help on figuring out how to get him back please help me. She even went as far as to call my parole officer and tell him to put a restraining order on me as a part of my parole stipulations and my PO lied to me and said that it was... Read more »

Shawna Murray
Shawna Murray answered on Oct 24, 2020

To end your mother's guardianship of your son, you will need to demonstrate to the judge that it is in your child's best interest to end the guardianship. First, you will need to file a Petition to Terminate Guardianship in the court where the guardianship was granted. You can use the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: is there anything i can do if i want to move out of my parents house ?

i am 17, will be 18 in six months , and i want to move out now , i have a stable place to live once i move out but my parents aren’t letting me . is there a way to move out anyways ? if not what are the consequences if i do it ? will the person i move with be charged as well ?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Oct 23, 2020

You could file proceedings to become an "emancipated minor" which will probably drag on until after you reach 18.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: Mom lied about court order and sever child abuse in CA

I had custody of children, mom was on supervised visits. 11/13/19 I could not attend court, judge granted mom alternate weekends. Minute order was typed wrong and mom took advantage and took the children. Children have suffered sever emotional abuse and false imprisonment. I just got the transcript... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 21, 2020

MUCH MORE INFO WOULD BE NEEDED.

WHY DID YOU WAIT ALMOST A YEAR TO ADDRESS THIS?

I AM NOT A FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY. HOWEVER, FROM A CRIMINAL STANDPOINT A LAWYER WOULD WANT TO ORDER A COPY OF THE PROCEEDINGS LAST YEAR.

IF THERE WAS AN ERROR WHY WASN'T RECTIFIED SOONER? COVID?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for California on
Q: Could my gf get full custody from the biological dad who is legally married, double her age, and have children?

My gf wants to get away from the biological father because he yells at her. The child gets dropped off to the dad, but only the biological dad's wife takes care of the child only. My gf only have the child be dropped off and does not want to get any child support from the biological dad. The... Read more »

Tobie Brina Waxman
Tobie Brina Waxman answered on Oct 20, 2020

If she wants "full custody" she'll need to ask for it. i.e. she'll need to start a parentage (aka paternity) action and ask for custody orders as a part of that action. Financial support is for the child; not for the parent. Mom cannot waive child support. You have not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: Is there anybody who can help me. I'm a survivor of Domestic Violence and my abuser has gotten a restraining order

against me and I have not seen my 4yo in almost 2 years. my Judge is allowing him to continue harming me and my children. Nobody will help me and I cannot afford a lawyer.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 19, 2020

MORE INFO NEEDED.

TRY TO CONTACT A LOCAL LEGAL AID IN YOUR COMMUNITY.

BEFORE YOU DO WRITE OUT ALL THE FACTS AS THEY WILL IN ALL LIKELIHOOD NOT HAVE A LOT OF TIME FOR EACH CLIENT.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for California on
Q: Will it look bad on my BF he won't take the kids to his ex on halloween instead having a party at home?

BF Joe and ex have 5050 legal/physical custody order. Bi weekly. They go to trial to finalize the divorce soon. Been trying slowly to separate activities with the kids to not include his ex. The problem is the ex INSISTS-DEMANDS he come to her house for Christmas etc "for the good of the... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Oct 16, 2020

Joe should be asking his own questions. He should retain an attorney and file for orders clarifying the custody situation if this is not working for him.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for California on
Q: How is back child support calculated? And how is the start date determined?

Married 8 years with 2 kids 11 and 7

Separated for the last 3 years.

We have a written mutually set amount of 1700/ month for Child support. Aug2017-oct2019 (letter, emails and bank statements as reference)

October of 2019 communication between us turned. child support... Read more »

Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Manuel Alzamora Juarez answered on Oct 15, 2020

Sometimes MSA's for child support work and sometimes it has serious consequences. In the case of retroactive child support, the courts look at date of separation and often to the date of request for orders. Your retroactivity, I have found to my chagrin begins from the date of request for... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for California on
Q: Would it be better to file here or there?

I am living with the father of my 2 younger kids (3y and 5m) and he just broke off our engagement. I am moving back to Texas with all 3 of my kids.

I want to make sure that I have primary custody. I don't mind if my kids have visitation with him in CA but I want it to be under my... Read more »

Sandra I. Salinas
Sandra I. Salinas answered on Oct 13, 2020

Jurisdiction (the court's authority) regarding custody is based on where the kids have been physically present for the 6 months immediately preceding filing a custody action. If the children have been living here for at least 6 months and then you file in Texas, then most likely CA will still... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for California on
Q: Can I request the court to talk to my 5 year old child?

My ex is making up false stories and claiming our daughter has told her i said things like I'm gonna kill my ex. These are completely false. How can I get the court to have someone talk to my daughter? Can I file a request for order asking court to appoint an attorney for our child?

Sandra I. Salinas
Sandra I. Salinas answered on Oct 13, 2020

If you are currently involved in a court custody proceeding, you can ask the court to appoint minor's counsel for your child and then your child can discuss with that attorney what he or she has observed. The minor's counsel is another attorney in the case who can investigate, discuss... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Child Custody for California on
Q: My x went to court behind my back lied said i was aware of him doing so forged my signature and I had no idea

I had contacted the intire time but was unaware intill a year later when he took my son with his new girlfriend and kidnapped him to oregon while I was out of town dealing with personal matters without my permission when I tried to do something about it i found out about the court date that had... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Oct 2, 2020

more info needed.

it would be a good idea to contact legal aid in your community.

before you meet write out all the facts as they will not have a lot of time for you.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for California on
Q: Can my friend do anything to get out of custody of her father?

My friend has a mentally abusive father. He screams at her for really small things for a long time now. He cusses and screams and it has taken a toll on my friends mental health. She has considered going to court with her mom to get out of custody from him but they’re scared to lose, or if they... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Sep 23, 2020

There is a procedure called the emancipation of a minor that would exclude her father from further duties/privileges in raising her. Sounds like she really needs to contact a Family Law Attorney that handles Child custody matters for a full consultation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Criminal Law for California on
Q: Approximately how much time will my babies dad have to do and is he at risk for losing custody?

My babies dad has been arrested and sentenced about 4 times for breaking a no contact restraining order, which then was modified to peaceful contact for visitations after our dcf case was open. A week ago my mom made an incident report because she saw him outside my bedroom window. He did it again... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Sep 22, 2020

much more info needed.

it depends on a number of factors; his record, who the DA is and who the judge is etc.

this is a question that should be asked of his lawyer by him...........

if you are looking for him to do a lot of time, then maybe pose the question to the DA's office.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Child Custody and Child Support for California on
Q: We’re can I find pro bono attorney I all ready got restraining order but regardless courts allowing baby daddy rights

Although federal courts agree he’s a risk to our daughter but now I have to battle custody wen he’s a stranger to my daughter

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow answered on Sep 20, 2020

MORE INFO NEEDED

CONTACT LEGAL AID IN YOUR CITY.

I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU TO WRITE OUT A DETAILED SUMMARY OF THE FACTS AS "FREE LAWYERS" DON'T ALWAYS HAVE A LOT OF TIME. BY WRITING THINGS OUT THE LAWYER DOESN'T HAVE TO PLAY SECRETARY.

I SUSPECT YOU MAY HAVE...
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