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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: I am turning 17 in 16 days and I wanted to know if I can legally move out and stay with my biology mother and sisters

I wanna live with my biology mother and family because I feel happier their than where I'm at

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Aug 5, 2020

At 17, you have the right to sit down with your parents and discuss where you want to live and why. A parent of guardian may not be happy with your decision but they are gong to be hard pressed to stop you..... but that does not mean that their feelings will not be hurt. Be respectful and... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: If I’m 15 and I live with my dad and want to live with my mom. And my mom is doing everything she can but I need to be

Gone ASAP!

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Aug 5, 2020

Since you are 15 years old, it is important to know that in Georgia a child age 14 or older has the ability to request a change of custodial parent, and when the request is made, a custody re-evaluation typically happens. The judge will seriously consider your request, but will evaluate whether the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: How can my brother get full custody of his kids if his kids mother is deceased?

My brother girlfriend died in March, he’s not on his kids birth certificates but he has the kids and I’m helping him. How do I go about legally adopting them or help him get full custody (either one would work for us)

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

He needs to hire a custody lawyer to file for filiation, custody and possibly tutorship, if there is a social security claim or life insurance involved.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Kentucky on
Q: Im being emotionally abused and my sister is 21 and she's living stable she said she'll take me I'm 16 what can I do?

I'm being emotionally abused by my grandpa and I've been abused and abandoned by my parents I'm 16 and I just want to leave, my sister said she'd adopt me because she has a stable home and she's making good money she's 21, I've been abused my whole life and I just... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 5, 2020

File a petition for guardianship.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Divorce for Colorado on
Q: if my ex and I filed for custody and divorce, how would the custody be dismissed and us not notified?

i have been in the process of modifying the custody/parenting plan when i found out that we did not have a custody agreement on file. we filed for a civil divorce and custody at the same time. why would the custody be dismissed and is their a possibility the divorce was also dismissed?

Sabra M. Janko
Sabra M. Janko answered on Aug 5, 2020

Courts send copies of any orders issued in the case to the parties attorneys or the addresses provided to the court by the parties. You can also check with the court Clerck's office. In some locations you can sign up for electronic filing which will allow you see everything in your court case... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Illinois on
Q: He has told my other son's father that all he had to do was spend a lot of money on a good lawyer an

And this lawyer will have him walking away only paying me 20 per month with joint custody

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 4, 2020

Yes, a lot of people tell others things like that. I do not know the circumstances of your case but things like that are usually b.s.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Illinois on
Q: My child is 7 years old his father and I were never married and we separated for years ago due to him lying and cheating

I recently filed for cash assistance which of course now they're taking him to court for child support rumor has it he's going to fight me and try to get custody of our son what is the likeliness of him gaining custody. I have record of several times he did not show up for his weekends to... Read more »

Cheryl Powell
Cheryl Powell answered on Aug 4, 2020

The primary caretaker of the chil is usually awarded the most parenting time. He will get some parenting time if he requests it.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: what can I do to see my children if other parent has a protection order?

we have a court order custody agreement but I can not contact him or the kids. he has had me put in jail twice. I recently filed a motion to amend our custody agreement and we have court Aug 20th 2020. I was hoping I could get some assistance as I was a stay at home mom for 8 years and right now... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Aug 4, 2020

It is not clear if you were ordered to not contact the children as a result of the protective order. If so, the protective order would prevent visitation. However, if the protective order only involves no contact with him, you will need to arrange visitation exchange by third party. Since you have... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Utah on
Q: have 2 children they have always resided with their mother until recently my son now 14 has decided he wants to live

with me. there is a CS order from Utah for 1100. month for both children. and recent modifications say her part 331. and mine the 1100 they say I have to pay 12 months out of year. there is no decrease because one resided with me and she does not have to pay unless they are both with me. this makes... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Aug 4, 2020

You will need to file a request / petition / motion (depending on the jurisdiction, it can be called different things) to modify the child support in the court where the child support order was issued UNLESS that court is in a state where neither you, your ex, nor the children still reside. If the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Nebraska on
Q: In the state of Nebraska, how far away, within the state, can a parent move when both parts have joint custody?
Julie Fowler
Julie Fowler answered on Aug 4, 2020

Once a custody order is entered, a parent generally needs a specific order from the Court to move the children out of state. If the move is within the State, the parent doesn't generally need court permission to move. That being said, if the move is such that it creates a material change in... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: How do I file do I file a decree to have a cased dismissed?

My ex husband has filed paperwork to try to take my child from me. Georgia has no jurisdiction over the matter as I live in Texas, the divorce happened in Colorado and I have never lived in Georgia. He has filed false accusations against me and I am trying to get this case dismissed in Douglas... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Aug 4, 2020

You need to hire an attorney who can review the prior orders, gather evidence and file the Motion to Dismiss. It may require a hearing, so it's not as simple as just asking the court for a dismissal and it happens.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: My ex-husband has mental health issues aren’t being managed well. What grounds might be needed to modify joint custody?

He quit his job during divorce and has not had steady employment since, is supported by his mother, has been institutionalized for substance abuse but has sought treatment since, sends erratic, confusing, and occasionally abusive emails/texts.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 4, 2020

Sounds like you might have enough to do it right there.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: Can my sister grant me temporary custody of her son without going to court?

We live in different states and the father is unknown. She wants me to keep her kid until shes on her feet again. I will need to provide medical insurance and enroll in school.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 4, 2020

Yes but have an attorney draft the document for educational and medical purposes.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: Does my child have to continue visitation with her father once she turns 18 but is still in high school?

Papers were drawn up in Texas, we are in Louisiana. It states child support would continue until 18 or upon graduation. He allowed us to move here from Texas and in return, he got to stop paying child support. He still has visitation rights but the children no longer wish to see him. She will b 18... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 4, 2020

Visitation ends at 18.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: I have primary custody, he has visitation. He hasn't paid but $160.00 all yr 2020. It's court ordered that he pay $200

a month. He only picks them up maybe once a month for only a few hrs. Has already had dhr called before. What can I do about it?

Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Aug 4, 2020

Take him back to court.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Florida on
Q: Can I have legal representation assist in my divorce if I live in FL, and ex is in Indiana where he filed?

I need help with my divorce. My ex moved out of state to Indiana with our daughter without my permission, and I'm in FL. Juristiction issues ........

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Aug 4, 2020

If the child was removed from this state and has been in Indiana for less than six months, jurisdiction would be in Florida. But you will probably need an Indiana attorney as well as a Florida one.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Kentucky on
Q: I have been put on Child Support taking off child support put back on child support at least 3 times.

I get my kids for one week she gets them for one week how is this possible

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 4, 2020

Im not sure what you mean by “put on child support.”

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: What happens to a 17 year old who runs away from home?

I no longer feel welcomed in my home.

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Aug 4, 2020

There are a number of scenarios that can play out, one is a runaway charge. Additionally, if there are accusations of abuse, there are other options available as well. It is best to contact an attorney who can assess the specifics of the circumstances and provide a more detailed response.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: HOW OLD DOES A CHILD HAVE TO BE TO DECIDE WHICH PARENT THEY WANT TO LIVE WITH IN ALABAMA?
Kristine Jones
Kristine Jones answered on Aug 3, 2020

Hello, 19 is the age when a child becomes an adult and can make that decision. Alabama has no age before that time at which a child can pick a parent. That said, as a child matures, he/she becomes better able to articulate to the judge why it is in her/his best interest to live with one parent... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: Does my kids mom have to tell me we're my kids live?

My son's mom refuses to tell me we're my kids live at, their is no reason for her not to tell me and it worries me if she has a place at all.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 3, 2020

YEs she has to tell you or your lawyer can take her to court.

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