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Q: In Missouri, is a pentente lite the same as a pendente lite?
Spencer Williams
Spencer Williams answered on Jul 30, 2021

A motion pendente lite is latin for "pending the litigation". The motion requests orders while a case is pending such as custody, visitation, child support or maintenance orders in divorce litigation. Pendente lite motions are often abbreviated as "PDL". Those temporary... Read more »

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Q: Cant find wife and kids to serve her for custody and get temporary custody until court? What happens if we can't find h
Spencer Williams
Spencer Williams answered on Jun 30, 2021

Try serving her at different locations. Suggest requesting and using a special process server. If you still cannot get her served, you can have her served by publication in a legal newspaper in the county where she resides.

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Q: How can I get rights to child I've had for 7 years without any contact from parents
Keya Reed
Keya Reed answered on Jun 23, 2021

I agree with Caroline, there are a few options such as adoption, third-party custody, guardianship or the like. What’s best for your situation depends on the facts of your case and your ultimate goal. Contact a family law attorney to get more information.

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Q: I was served paternity petition papers from father of my child. How do I respond? We're not married.

Baby born in Missouri

Lived there 4 months. Moved to another state.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 10, 2021

I would need to know some more information to know if the case was properly brought in whichever state it was filed. You need to make sure that you respond within 30 days (in a number of states, it's 21 days), or ask for leave to file out of time with the court.

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Q: My husband is trying to lower his child support or sign his rights away, and I was wondering how much would it cost
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 10, 2021

Do you mean how much it would cost to go to court? Unless there's someone there to adopt the child (or they are considered abandoned, etc.), the court will not terminate his rights just so he doesn't have to pay child support.

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Q: Can I stay with a friend legally, while I'm trying to get myself emancipated.

I'm 16 and I'm currently trying to get myself emancipated without my dad's knowledge. My parents are divorced and my mom has agreed to give up her rights, but my dad is trying to keep us trapped here. He is a very unfit parent and let's his girlfriend control everything and they bully us constantly.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 10, 2021

To be eligible for emancipation in Missouri, you need to be able to support yourself financially and have a place of your own. That doesn't mean you cannot have roommates or live elsewhere, but you would have to show the court that you would be able to afford a home and have an income, etc.... Read more »

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Q: What’s my rights as a grandparent
Melissa Jill Needle
Melissa Jill Needle answered on Jun 2, 2021

Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights? (Connecticut)

Yes, grandparents can petition the courts for visitation rights just as any third party. The courts will use the same standard of the child’s best interest to determine if the grandparents should have visitation rights. In order to be...
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Q: I actually have 2 questions, but first why would my atty.not ever allow me in the court room?

My atty. My soon to be ex's atty. My spouse and G. A. l. are all present and my atty. Doesn't even tell me that court has started! I'm left in the hall!

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on May 22, 2021

You should ask your attorney because your attorney knows the answer.

I’m merely guessing. Perhaps the attorney didn’t want you there because you could have been called to testify. Perhaps the hearing was. It an evidentiary hearing.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Missouri on
Q: Can my boyfriends 17 year old choose to not come home for his scheduled visits per the divorce decree parenting plan?

He has been refusing to come to his dads house on the weeks that are ordered to him via the divorce decree. He has also been doing “virtual school” for the last three weeks and we have just found out he has turned in none of his school work and is now failing his junior year of highschool. Can... Read more »

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 15, 2021

It'll be difficult for the court to enforce that the 17-year-old should be going between each parents. However, in an ideal world, the judge would tell the parent who had custody of the child to ensure that they return to the other parent.

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Q: What is the first procedures in custody case?

My attorney will not return calls. Just need to know where my case is at. Has been retained for 3 weeks.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 15, 2021

It depends on the specifics of your case, but there are a handful of initial documents that need to be drafted prior to filing the case. I'd continuing reaching out to your attorney.

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Q: How much child support would I receive from the father of my child that makes around $350,000 a year?

We aren’t married. We live together and are planning to separate. He is the father of my child. I have not worked in the last year because he didn’t want me to. I have no income.

Steve D. Hardin
Steve D. Hardin answered on Apr 13, 2021

Details will matter such as how many children, the special needs of the children, insurance costs for the child, any work related child care costs, if the paying parent has any other child support.

In short you need to consult with a family law attorney about your case to get a reasonable...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: I am wanting to file a petition for emancipation but I do not know where to start or even how to start.

My home life environment is not the most stable and I pay the rent and buy groceries while paying for my own phone service and needs. I have a job and make decent money at my job. I have been threated by my stepdad and have told my school and the cops when they were called on me when I tried to... Read more »

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 1, 2021

You would need to make sure that you have a place of your own to start. Parental consent to your emancipation helps, but it's not necessary.

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Q: Mother left her daughter at the father's house she's doesn't want her to go back home. With custody

He gets her Wednesdays and every other weekend. And pays child support. She said she doesn't want her to live there anymore

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 1, 2021

Can you clarify what your question is?

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Q: My child was born in Missouri. Is this considered his "home state?"
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 12, 2021

Where is the child residing now? It's not the home state if he hasn't resided there for the past six months.

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Q: My child was born in Missouri. Not married. The mother took child to Louisiana. Where will I have to get lawyer.?

I want to file for custody. Which state will I have to file in?

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 11, 2021

It should be filed where the child has resided, typically for the last six months.

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Q: My boyfriend relapsed and we haven’t herd or seen him in over a week, we have two children together can I get fulcustody

Prior to this happening I was seeking information on getting full custody and applying for child support I’m a single low income mom now, not leaving any extra room for lawyer fees

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 10, 2021

If you already have a custody order in place, you would want to seek a modification of it based on this change.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Missouri on
Q: If it is strait 50/50 with both parents what is the advantage to have the primary address
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 10, 2021

There is no advantage per se about being listed for residential and mailing purposes. It simplifies the process for the child and the parents to know what address should be listed for the child so important documents and notices aren't split between two addresses.

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Q: My child born in Missouri.Childs mother in Louisiana. Where will I have to get lawyer?
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 10, 2021

Where does the child live?

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Q: Where is custody hearing held if parents are in different states?

The child was born in Missouri.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 10, 2021

Is there a current custody hearing that is going to take place or are you speaking about one in the future? The petition should be filed in the "home state" of the child.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: If a Missouri case is in Division 35 would it be concerning custody or abuse?
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Feb 11, 2021

What county in Missouri?

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