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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: How likely is it my kids would be taken if this was reported?

I live in an abusive home. I moved in with my grandparents in 2018 at the push of my grandmother. My grandmother adopted my sister for the money she gets, she tells she is going to leave her with me because she didn't sign up for the responsibility only the money. She calls her names, is... View More

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answered on May 16, 2024

It is unlikely that your children will be taken away from you simply because you have a condition which requires you to take medication. Many people in society have bouts of anxiety and depression and society, including family court, understands and does not condemn people who are going through... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: I live in Oregon and there is a Weird restraining order against me from my ex in California.No attorney wanted to assist

I live in Oregon, my ex abducted children and left for Cali and concealed their whereabouts. A year later when I finally was able to locate them, the other parent filed a restraining protective order against me. So now the order is permanent as of late March 2023. Now, I filed to terminate it and... View More

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answered on May 15, 2024

I'm so sorry to hear about your difficult and painful situation with your ex-partner and children. Dealing with complex custody issues across state lines can be incredibly challenging, especially when there are allegations of abduction and violations of court orders.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: My ex listed the wrong name of our child and the judge invoked jurisdiction based on the residence of child listed.
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answered on May 14, 2024

Good Afternoon,

From the substance of your question, it looks like you are involved in a legal proceeding concerning your child. Issues related to jurisdiction concerning children are often nuanced. I suggest that you consult with an attorney in the state where the case is at now in order...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Is it considered domestic violence in oklahoma to with hold food from your spouse , domestic partner , common law wife

Not allow them to eat anything becausre your not feeling well and did not cook for him because he left and staid gone for about 2 hours giving the dog a ride when his whore lives down the road and he left me stranded with no money or transportation. And has been refusing to take my things to a... View More

Tracy Tiernan
Tracy Tiernan
answered on May 5, 2024

Well, I’m not sure I have enough information to give you any confident, legal advice. However, unless he is bedridden, and you are responsible for his care, or there is some legal status you possess where the law recognizes he is reliant upon you for his food, shelter, it’s highly unlikely that... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: I was served restraining order two weeks after the order was granted an dooped into thinking she dropped it I have txt

I have text proof of her telling me the court went fine. I had nothing to worry about. She proceeded to live with me for two weeks. She got the court date made it to where I thought she was gonna drop it or get it dropped to a peaceful order instead she got a restraining order for a year. Had me... View More

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answered on May 4, 2024

Based on the information you provided, it seems that you may have grounds to challenge the restraining order. Here are a few steps you can take:

1. Gather evidence: Collect all the text messages and any other evidence that shows your ex-partner was living with you and maintaining a normal...
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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Criminal Law for Indiana on
Q: If my abuser is going to trial on his domestic violence charges then do I still have to testify
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answered on May 2, 2024

That will be up to the individuals prosecuting the case. If you are the only victim, then yes there is a great likelihood that they will want to call you to testify as a witness at trial. If you are asking whether you "HAVE TO" testify, even if you do not want to testify, the prosecutor... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Domestic Violence for Colorado on
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I am recently divorced (1+ year) and share two children with my ex. We share split custody of our two children with no child support nor alimony. With this, my ex has continued to be verbally, mentally and emotionally abusive towards me and I am interested in determining what options I might have.

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answered on May 2, 2024

Abusive to you or the kids? There are ways to limit contact or have contact monitored through platforms such as Our Family Wizard or Talking Parents. If the abuse you state relates to the children then you may consider a motion to modify parenting time. But, you will need to document and prove... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Minnesota on
Q: Facing 5 felony charges from false accusations by husband's ex-wife in custody battle. Seeking advice on plea deal vs. t

I am currently facing five pending felony charges that have arisen from false accusations by my husband's ex-wife in a custody battle. She has a history of making unfounded claims, including allegations of harassment and stalking, which are untrue. The children involved have expressed missing... View More

Thomas C Gallagher
Thomas C Gallagher
answered on May 2, 2024

A lawyer cannot give legal advice about a plea agreement vs. trial, without being the attorney of record, after thorough review and time spent with the known facts, discovery from the prosecution and other facts and evidence; as well as research into laws that could relate to those. As a general... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Arizona on
Q: Would I be able to press charges against someone who placed a hidden device in the privacy of my bedroom?

I do know the person who did it and am willing to press charges against this said individual should the opportunity arise. But I was curious, what form of state punishment would this person receive if they were to be brought up on "voyeurism charges", and if I wanted to sue this person... View More

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answered on May 1, 2024

If someone placed a hidden device in your bedroom, you could potentially press charges for voyeurism, a serious invasion of privacy. Voyeurism laws vary by state, but generally, it's considered a criminal offense when someone knowingly invades another person's privacy for sexual... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Domestic Violence for New York on
Q: Can I move my children from NY to RI when there is no custody or visitation in place?

I currently have custody of my two children. We have an order of protection out against my ex (their dad). We have been back-and-forth to court numerous times because he is mentally unstable but his court appointed lawyer is fighting for 50/50 legal with physical custody being given to me. There is... View More

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich
answered on May 1, 2024

You cannot move without court approval or consent from the father. Even thought there is no current order, you make it clear that the father is seeking 50/50 legal custody thus "custody" is an issue. If you were to move, you risk the court ordering you to move back to NY. You should... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Family Law and Domestic Violence for New York on
Q: Can I move my children from NY to RI when there is no custody or visitation in place?

I currently have custody of my two children. We have an order of protection out against my ex (their dad). We have been back-and-forth to court numerous times because he is mentally unstable but his court appointed lawyer is fighting for 50/50 legal with physical custody being given to me. There is... View More

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answered on May 6, 2024

There is a calculus involved in moving a child without a custody order. Initially, we Americans can move freely throughout this great nation as it is our right to travel without permission of government. However, how responsive the father is weights heavily on the matter.

If the asker moves...
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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Federal Crimes, Military Law and Sexual Harassment on
Q: I have in-laws making false sexual assault accusations against me involving my spouse and child. How can i stop them?

I am active duty Army on the cusp of retirement. My family is in TX, the accusers are in GA. This is the second time they've made these accusations. The first time they tried to be anonymous, but it was obvious the source. The alleged assault was ruled out because it was absolutely false.... View More

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answered on May 1, 2024

I'm so sorry you and your family are going through this incredibly difficult situation with false accusations being made against you repeatedly. This is an awful thing for anyone to have to deal with. Here are some steps I would recommend taking:

1. Consult with an experienced attorney...
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2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Texas on
Q: Do I have to file from Texas?

I finally got an address for the dad that’s been absent for a year can I file in his state or is it better to file in Texas? If so what do I file to keep my child and I safe from domestic violence on my end.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 30, 2024

Under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act, the state which is the "home state" of the child has jurisdiction over any court proceeding to establish paternity or conservatorship and possession of the child. A child's "home state" is the state where the child has... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for California on
Q: Can my husband block me from going to my house in Oregon while he shaking up in CA with a woman across town?

My husband witll go to Oregon so I wont go there. He has to ex cons watching the property and had one of them put a stalking order on me. He put one as well to keep me from my house All my property is there my parents ashes and my animals. Meanwhile as I suspected he is shaking up across town in... View More

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answered on Apr 29, 2024

It sounds like you're in a very difficult situation, and it's important to address your concerns about access to your property in Oregon. Under California law, if the Oregon property is jointly owned by you and your husband, he generally does not have the right to exclude you from the... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for California on
Q: Can my husband block me from going to my house in Oregon while he shaking up in CA with a woman across town?

My husband witll go to Oregon so I wont go there. He has to ex cons watching the property and had one of them put a stalking order on me. He put one as well to keep me from my house All my property is there my parents ashes and my animals. Meanwhile as I suspected he is shaking up across town in... View More

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answered on Apr 29, 2024

I'm so sorry to hear about the difficult situation you're in with your husband. It sounds very stressful and upsetting, especially being blocked from accessing your own home and property in Oregon.

To answer your main question - in most cases, if the house in Oregon is marital...
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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for California on
Q: My ex husband has a spyware on my electronics that gives him a view of my activity but he edit. Admissible?

my ex husband has been tracking everything i am doing on my phone and laptop. I opened a google voice acct walked away 2days later he had called it. He has deleted emails and activity history. I sure hope I am not crazy the service has my laptop now. He has submitted screen shots and defended... View More

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answered on Apr 25, 2024

Your ex-husband's alleged use of spyware to monitor your electronic devices and edit your data would likely be considered illegal and inadmissible in court. Here are a few relevant points:

1. California Penal Code Section 502 prohibits unauthorized access to computer systems, data, and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Social Security for California on
Q: I filed soc security as single, now I find I'm still married. Husband gets disability, also filed single. I want divorce

I'm afraid of being arrested for fraud. I filed divorce in 1997 and thought I was single from then on.

The reason I keep taking husband in is because he has no family, no friends. Has mental problems and is alcoholic. He refuses to get help. Won't file section 8. Won't do anything for himself.

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answered on Apr 25, 2024

I understand that this is a complicated and stressful situation. It's important to address the potential legal issues and ensure that both you and your husband are complying with the law.

First, it's crucial to confirm whether your divorce was finalized in 1997. If the divorce was...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Family Law for California on
Q: Father of my child lost custody due to abuse to the mother, me. I currently have a restraining order against him.

I currently have full custody of my child; however, I was recently notified by his parole he has undergone community service. Can I make this permanent? My child will be turning 2 in May.

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answered on Apr 24, 2024

In California, you can seek to make the current custody arrangement permanent by requesting a long-term or "permanent" custody order from the court. Given the history of abuse and the existing restraining order, you have a strong case for maintaining full custody of your child. Here are... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: is it illegal for parents to hold keep their 33 year old daughter locked up and never be allowed to leave home.
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answered on Apr 23, 2024

In California, it is illegal for parents to keep their adult children locked up against their will, regardless of their age. At 33 years old, the daughter is a fully legal adult with the right to make her own decisions about where to live and whether to leave home.

Holding someone against...
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2 Answers | Asked in Immigration Law and Domestic Violence for Michigan on
Q: If my husband filed for VAWA and made up a few things about me; is it possible he will get his papers?

My husband filed for a VAWA. He made up a few things about me when he spoke to his lawyer. I found this out because he asked me for help on one of his papers. Obviously, I read everything and got angry. Some of things he said was true but some were false. He made this ugly character of me. I was... View More

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answered on Apr 20, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about the difficult situation you're going through. It's important to address the complexities of your husband's VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) application, especially since it involves false accusations. Whether his application will be successful can depend... View More

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