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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: My ex is very in consistent with our 2 year old daughter is it possible that he will get custody?

My ex is in and out of our daughters life and only gets involved when it is convenient for him he does nothing to support her he can’t even show up to work on time let alone everyday... he drinks all day everyday and can’t keep stable living, domestic relations can’t find an address for him... Read more »

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on May 11, 2021

Custody cases are very fact specific. Him saying that he is going to fight for custody and him actually going through the process are two very different things. The simple fact of the matter is there are 16 custody factors that the judge is charged to consider. Your best bet is to consult with an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can my ex force me to drive our son to his house for visitations? He doesn't want to both pick up and drop off our son.

I don't drive and would have to Uber, costing me $60 each way twice a month. I have full custody of our 4 year old and he gets him every other weekend.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 23, 2021

See if he'll pay for your uber. If he has a vehicle I see a court saying you are right. But maybe if you had an attorney who got you the full custody, speak with them.

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Q: I am debating going to court for full custody of my son. Would it be worth it to hire an attorney?

My ex and I have an eight year old son together. There has never been a custody agreement in place although we had an informal agreement years ago before he began his homelessness. He is very inconsistent with seeing our son or even just calling to talk to him. He is currently still homeless but... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 23, 2021

Yes. Your case requires a showing that the visitation has to be within narrowly defined guidelines and that is not a d.i.y. project

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: My ex husband is asking me for my covid 19 results, is that against my HIPPA rights?

I was exposed to covid at work and had to take a test. My test came back negative and now my husband is asking me for the results. Do I have to show my ex husband my results, since we co patent our 6 yr old son? Or is that against my HIPPA right ? We live in PA.

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jan 19, 2021

You can waive your HIPPA rights and I see no reason why you wouldn't want to share your negative test results with your child's father with whom you co-parent.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can my ex use the fact my boyfriend and I had PFAs on eachother to not allow child around him?

We lived together for 4 years and her father hated that my bf was there when he wasn’t around. A few days before Christmas we got in a heated argument over money and expanding our family. Since my daughters father fails at paying support on time financially it was straining us to begin our lives.... Read more »

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jan 19, 2021

You really need to consult with an attorney and probably a therapist as well. It is difficult to understand why you would still be with someone who said those things to you. Whether the judge will determine that the boyfriend shouldn't be around your daughter, I can't know but I would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was in a coma for three days the doctor found meth in my system somehow Child Protective Services found out

I didn't give my permission for them to look at my medical records and they didn't get a court order either but somehow they found out. Is there anything I can do about them violated my HIPAA rights

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Nov 25, 2020

It's likely that the information made it to CYS via reporting by one of the medical providers that treated you. Medical professionals are required by statute to report whenever there is a reasonable concern that a person responsible for the care of a child is under the influence of a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can a defendant be held in contempt if the plaintiff and defendant exchange their child during arranged custody times?

The PFA allows contact when it pertains to the child.

Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Nov 15, 2020

It depends (I know, not the answer anyone wants). For just a cuatody exchange the answer is no. However, in my experience if something gets said that isnt custody related the answer is yes. Which is why so many family attorneys recommend custody exchanges at police stations in these types of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Can a parent get in trouble if a child stumbles upon content in their phone ?
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Oct 1, 2020

Depends on the content. Depends on what "stumbles" means. Depends on who the child is. Depends on who reported it and to whom they reported it. Depends on a lot of things. Generally, there is no real good answer to this question. Don't post more facts online as you don't... Read more »

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Q: Are you allowed to give your lawyer the questions you want asked at custody modification hearing?
Mr. Ryan L Hyde
Mr. Ryan L Hyde answered on Sep 19, 2020

Sure, but they dont have to ask them. There are plenty of reasons you want to ask those questions but there may be good reasons not to ask them. If you hired an attorney you trusted them to get you a result. Presumably they have litigated more of these hearings than you have. If you dont trust... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Appeals / Appellate Law and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: Once a Motion To Reconsider is filed and marked by the court, does the Judge have a time limit to respond...if at all?

A MTR was filed within the allotted time. It was marked by the court. It has now been 20 days and I have yet to hear anything. A contempt complaint that was filed at the same time, was scheduled within 15 days.

Charles William Michaels
Charles William Michaels answered on Sep 3, 2020

Unless there's a Rule limiting the court's time to respond, there's no time limit. However, if the motion is denied, that ruling will start the clock running on noting the appeal--if you want to do that.

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Child Custody and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I am looking for tips on how best to research for an appellate lawyer for a child relocation ruling in Bucks County, PA.
Charles William Michaels
Charles William Michaels answered on Jul 22, 2020

I can draft a brief but I am not admitted to practice in PA. You will have to find co-counsel in PA who can enter his/her appearance, can file the brief and can do any oral argument. I have done briefs in PA courts and I am familiar with family law issues.

What is the deadline on the...
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Q: Does a emergency custody order need to be signed by a judge

My friend received a letter in the mail and a text from the other parties lawyer stating that there is an emergency order put into place. When reviewing the paperwork that was sent from the other parties lawyer there was no judge signature or anything.

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jul 8, 2020

Yes, a judge's signature (whether actual or electronic) is necessary. You should be able to get it directly from the Court or the other party's attorney. And you should demand to see it.

Best of luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: I have not seen my 4 year old son in 8 weeks.

His father won't outright deny me the ability but keeps making up excuses every time I ask or have plans to go there because he wont allow me to take him with me. We were never married. I was however married to my daughters father when my son was born. We had to fill out certain paperwork in... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jul 5, 2020

The police won't enforce a *court* custody order, much less your say-so over who is supposed to have physical custody of your son. Cops aren't in the business of using kids as a rope in a game of tug-of-war between warring parents, and they'll refer you to the court once they make... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: what wil happen if my child refuses to go to fathers on schedule date?

My 9 year ole daughters refuses to go to her fathers every other monday when it time to go. What will happen to myself, mom if I dont make her. I have already file to modify custody but of course that is 30 days away. Shes ready too talk to judge, but I know I have to wait for trial.

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Jul 2, 2020

The court expects you to follow its orders. Your daughter is 9 years old and not in control- you are because you are an adult and you are her parent. Tell her she must follow the order. Do no say anything bad about the dad. If the judge is willing, she can have her say in 30 days. That's not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: Ex's new gf has a DUI & open drug possession/paraphernalia charges. Can I modify custody to protect daughter?

Ex and new gf fight constantly in front of daughter in her car and drive around drinking alcohol. She also continuously calls me derogatory names in front of daughter.

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 29, 2020

You can file a petition to modify the terms of your custody order *anytime,* and the court will assess any change in circumstances as it relates to the best interests of your daughter. A past DUI on Dad's new girlfriend's record may have little relevance to custody proceedings, esp. if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: Why would it be helpful to allow the other parent to file for custody first?

The child is mainly with me an goes with other parent on weekends there are safety concerns with the other parent such as him drinking an driving an even showing up to pick child up with an open container in vehicle. When I spoke with a lawyer the suggested to let him file first but im confused as... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 25, 2020

The only reason I can think of to let the other parent file first is to save yourself the court filing fee of opening up a custody case (which can run a few hundred dollars, and is $155.00 in Lycoming County).

Pennsylvania criminal law already prohibits a person from driving while...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: I got emergency custody of kids bc father went to jail. We have a modification hearing this week if he's looking at 5yrs

will I get full custody

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 22, 2020

The Court will be more interested in what sentence your children's father actually receives, and less so what he's "looking at." For instance, first-degree misdemeanors in Pennsylvania carry a maximum sentence of 5 years in jail, but many defendants so charged receive only... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: My ex has repeatedly threatened me and my girlfriend. I saved the messages, will these help me in court?

she has also stated that she will not give me my daughter even with a court order.

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 22, 2020

Potentially, yes - so save them and transfer them some way to your computer *and* print them out in such a way that the participants/dates/times can be recognized. You may find this easier said than done, however, which is why I always advise my family law clients to communicate by email only!... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Pennsylvania on
Q: Hello, How much will I pay for child support? Please see details below.

We're not married. We both live in cumberland county PA.

My daughter's mom and I split up but we are spending the same amount of time taking care of our daughter (3.5 days with me and 3.5 days with her mom)

We both have the same gross income (She get paid just a dollar... Read more »

Cary B. Hall
Cary B. Hall answered on Jun 18, 2020

Since you're paying for your daughter's health insurance, you've got 50/50 time and the parent's incomes are the same, you probably shouldn't be paying ANY child support to your daughter' mother. In addition, you could probably negotiate alternating who gets to claim... Read more »

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