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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can I leave home without parents approval at 17

My twin sister and I turn 18 in a couple days and put up with our toxic mothers actions for too long and are ready to start our own lives without being emotionally and physically controlled by her opinions She constantly kicks us out but won’t let us leave. Is it legal for us to leave home and... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 1, 2020

Wait a couple days until you turn 18 so that you don't cause trouble for anyone else.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: Temporary custody was given to me and I let her visit hermom and adult brothers and aunt's. But she won't give her back.

Her mother refuses to give child back. We live in ga and they live in lousiana. The Mother lied about having an apt and doing well and is currently living in a one bedroom apartment with the child's aunt. But is refusing to let us come back and get her. It was supposed to be a visit bc she... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on May 28, 2020

You should consult with an attorney as soon as possible to review the custody papers you have and advise on your options. Your next step will likely depend on whether the papers you have giving you temporary custody were signed by a judge.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: If my income is $7500 per month I pay health insurance, how much would be my required child support for 1 child?
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 24, 2020

Depends on the mothers income and the child's needs. Get a consukt with a child support lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: If a grandparent has had her three grandchildren(one she has full custody of) in her care for over 2 months, because

the custodial parent is in jail for a very serious crime. But now the parent in jail is wanting someone else to care for the kids, could they take them away from the grandparent that has been caring for them? Does the parent have a leg to stand on while in jail?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 21, 2020

The grandparent can file for custody of all 3 grandchildren. Hire a custody lawyer. If you don't thr parent can give all 3 kids to someone else and enforce it.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: My custody/divorced decree is in MS. Ex and child live in FL and I live in LA. Need to get visitation redone + custody.

Need to redo custody and visitation plus possible child support but I live in Louisiana and ex-wife and child live in Florida. Divorce decree was done in MS. 14year old daughter wants to live with me, my wife and her 3 sisters to grow up with them and also because her mother and boyfriend have... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 20, 2020

If your child lives in FL for at least 6 months, then you need to hire a FL custody lawyer.

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Q: Can a 16 year old stay with her mom and boyfriend on vacation if they are not married?

They have been together a year and I have never met him. He has avoided me and I do not like the idea of her staying with someone I do not know, especially since they are not married.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 20, 2020

Sorry a minor child does not get to make moral decisions for her adult parent.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: Do u still have to have a hearing if you filed a motion of default?

My attorney filed a motion of default and I still had to attend the hearing for custody, alimony and division of some assests..I wasnt properly represented and he ended up not paying alimony , getting his visitation with the child unsupervised and the home which I initially purchased when we got... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 18, 2020

So your attorney filed a Preliminary Default and at the Prima Facia hearing got clobbered. Hire a new lawyer. But yes, there had to be a Prima Facia Hearing to confirm the default.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: Can I take my daughter on vacation out of state during this covid pandemic without her mother’s permission?

We have shared joint custody and her mother is the domiciliary and the custody agreement states “the minor child shall not be removed from the state of louisiana”. We switch on Sundays for the week and I want to take her to Oklahoma to visit my family. Is this allowed? Do I need her permission?... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 18, 2020

I strongly recommend not taking your child on "vacation" out-of-state for vacation during a pandemic. Your judge and the other parent could very likely regard this as reckless and contempt.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: Father took daughter and won't disclose location and refusing her medical care

Father of my 7 year old daughter took her from his sister's house on May 2nd and we haven't seen or heard from her since. He refuses to let me talk to her, see her or know where they are and won't bring her home. She has a cast that was scheduled to be removed and checked out this... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 16, 2020

Removing a cast is easy so I would say no, that is not grounds for emergency custody. However, you do need to hire a custody lawyer to file and get custody.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: would this give me sole custody or do i still need to take her to court

my ex has sole custody of our three minor children but the kids have been n my care since march 3 of this year due to her getting evicted and becomming homeless and not being able to care for them she doesnt call much to talk to them i just found out that she will be going to drug rehab but dont... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 16, 2020

Hire a custody lawyer who can file for sole custody and supervised visitation for her.

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Q: My ex wife has custody of my son but leaves him with her 14 yr old daughter who can barely take care of herself

He sleeps on a floor in his sisters room and all my ex is concerned about is doing what she wants and will go out of town for a week and leave him with just his sister please tell me what I can do

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 15, 2020

First, 14 years old is sufficient to babysit for dinner and a movie but not a weekend's vacation. Second, the kid needs a bed.

Hire a custody lawyer and print all your documentation of the lost week and floor-sleeping.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: How can I get full custody of my child in order to move out of state. She is 12.

My child’s father and I have joint custody of our daughter. This was established in 2017. She is now 12yrs old and wants to live solely with me and her little sister who is 8. He has no other kids but I do. I’m planning to move to Texas. She has made it clear that she don’t want to be... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 13, 2020

Hire a custody lawyer to take the specific required steps for your child to move with you. If you don't take those steps you could lose custody completely.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: What age can you legally leave home?

I want to move out on my own with my boyfriend and my parents won’t let

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 13, 2020

You become an emancipated adult at age 18 and can then move out. Until then you are a minor.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: My father used my card after my incarceration and took my children when I had provisional custody granted To someone ele

Can I file criminal kidnapping charges and I fb he had custody paperwork drawn up after does it make his bill and void

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 12, 2020

Your question was hard to understand.

If he forged your signature or was not an authorized user, you can file criminal charges against him and dispute the charges by fax or certified mail.

You can hire a custody lawyer to file for custody for you.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: Can you lose visitation rights if you harbor a runaway child who is subject to the visitation rights?
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 8, 2020

Yes you can lose visitation. You can also be criminally charged.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: I had allowed my ex in laws temporary custody when I went to prison. How do I get my child back

My wife (ex-wife) were arrested my in-laws took temporary custody of my youngest daughter. I served my sentence learned and am doing much better now I have not been allowed any contact with my daughter since March of 16 and they have not allowed my family or my other daughter to have any contact... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 8, 2020

Hire a custody attorney to seek custody.

1 Answer | Asked in Cannabis & Marijuana Law, Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: Age 16 left home due to being punished for marijuana use in our home. He is living with girlfriends family.what to do?

16 year old completed senior year and will graduate. Turns 17 in Sept. Previously arrested for drugs at school (2018) and completed probation program. Caught him smoking pot in our house again and took electronics away. He left that night and went to girlfriends house. Girlfriends parents told... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 5, 2020

Call the police to get him returned and into counseling. If not, he's gonna be a Daddy within the year and stuck with 18 years of child support.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: How old does a child have to be to decide who he wants to live with (mom or dad) My son will be 16 soon..
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 2, 2020

A child cannot decide who he wants to live with until he is 18. However beginning at age 12 the child's preference is one factor to be considered.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: Looking for options on what to do about my children's Father.

My children's dad was permitted every other weekend visitation with me being present. We are suppose to meet at an agreed upon place for him to see them. He was also ordered 200 cs each month. Since this order in September '19 he has seen them at most 10 times since. He has also only... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Apr 28, 2020

You can hire an attorney to hold him. In contempt for both child support and the visitation.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: Can a parent move states with the child without the other parent consent
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Apr 27, 2020

No must have consent of the other parent or the court.

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