Family Law Questions & Answers

Q: I'm 5 months pregnant. Can I get child support during pregnancy?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support on
Answered on Sep 24, 2018
T. J. Jesky's answer
There is no question that you will have expenses associated with the pregnancy. In order to answer your question, it depends on the State. Some States permit child support during pregnancy and some do not.

The problem with obtaining a child support for an unborn child deals with establishing paternity for the unborn child. However, if the father is willing to acknowledge his paternity, then it becomes must easier. If the father is not willing to acknowledge paternity prior to...

Q: What is considered the first weekend of the month for visitation?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Sep 24, 2018
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
Typically it's defined as the first weekend of the month that contains both Friday and Sunday within the same month.

Q: I need to get a separation and don’t know where to start? Worried about income differences?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Utah on
Answered on Sep 24, 2018
T. J. Jesky's answer
Generally speaking, those who choose legal separation instead of divorce is usually based on religious beliefs, a desire to keep the family together legally for the sake of children, or the need for one spouse to keep the health insurance benefits that would be lost with a divorce.

A separation is not the same as a divorce. With a separation, you’re still legally married until you obtain a judgment of divorce from a court. Generally a separation does affect the financial...

Q: How can I get my rights as a father the DNA test is already done. I just don't know how to get my parental rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Ohio on
Answered on Sep 24, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to review all the facts, advise you, and file with the court. You also will probably be required to start paying child support if you file.

Q: Can a lawyer help a former runaway get their identification as an adult (30+ years old) if the family will not help?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for North Carolina on
Answered on Sep 23, 2018
T. J. Jesky's answer
If the individual is 30 years, they can certainly hire an attorney to petition the Court for a name change. With a Court order name change, the 30 year old will be able to change their name with the Social Security System. And, in some States, with a Court Order, you can update your Birth Certificate with the Court ordered name change.

Q: Legal age to care for minor children (babysit) in Louisiana

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Sep 23, 2018
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
To my knowledge, there's no "legal" age in Louisiana.

Q: How do I prepare for a 36626 appropriately.?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Civil Rights for California on
Answered on Sep 23, 2018
Louis George Fazzi's answer
This is an inappropriate question for California attorneys if you are in Washington state. We cannot assist you with Washington state law.

Q: My children's mother is leaving we separated in april with my kids as well as hers how can I go about getting custody

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Answered on Sep 23, 2018
Ellaretha Coleman's answer
You should consult with an attorney as soon as possible before she leaves Georgia, while you still know her exact location for service.

Q: If a spouse leaves the country after desertion of family leaving real estate how long do I have to wait to sell

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Sep 23, 2018
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
if the property is in joint names you're going to need a court order to sell it.

Q: My grandson is 4 his mom is incarcerated she gave me a temporary guardianship paper for him his dad only had visitation

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Georgia on
Answered on Sep 23, 2018
Ellaretha Coleman's answer
Without knowing more information, we can not answer this question. You should consult with an attorney to determine what the father's rights are.

Q: I live in Florida but my son was born in Tennessee he lives with me in Florida. I sent him to Tennessee for summer and

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Florida on
Answered on Sep 23, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
Has there not been any court action concerning custody? If not, you have six months from the time your son was last in Florida (earlier this summer, I gather) in which to file suit for custody in Florida. The father cannot file suit in Tennessee unless the child has been in Tennessee for at least six months. Both states have adopted the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, which so provides.

Q: My son was taken by dfcs base on hearsay and no proof of anything worng with the way I was taking care of my son.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Answered on Sep 22, 2018
Ellaretha Coleman's answer
You should consult with an experienced family law attorney who has experience handling dependency cases. You will be entitled to a hearing on the case worker's allegations.

Q: I live in Il, the father lives in TN. He never met my son. Will he get visitation if he pays child support! ?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Answered on Sep 22, 2018
James G. Ahlberg's answer
He's entitled to visitation whether of not he pays child support.

Q: My friend left me with her baby. Now she has dss involved they want to take away the baby from me. Do I have rights?

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for North Carolina on
Answered on Sep 22, 2018
Melissa Averett's answer
If CPS has filed for and been granted guardianship, then they have the almost exclusive power to place the child. The only thing you can do to fight it is hire a lawyer and appeal to the judge.

Q: My ex and I have been divorced for 6 years apart for 8. our custody papers state that we have 50/50 custody of all 3

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for North Carolina on
Answered on Sep 21, 2018
Melissa Averett's answer
You need to hire a lawyer in North Carolina, preferably in the county where the current custody order is located, and file a motion to modify custody.

Q: I have primary physical and legal custody of my 12 year old. Do I have to let her father know if I'm moving out of Calif

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for California on
Answered on Sep 21, 2018
Angelina Bradley's answer
The default answer is yes, but Check your court order. Some orders grant move-away ability to sole legal/physical custody if it’s flagged as an issue at the time of judgment.

Q: GAL board?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New Mexico on
Answered on Sep 21, 2018
Gary William Boyle's answer
If you have issues with a Guardian ad Litem, you should raise them with the Court that appointed the GAL. You can do this by filing a motion with the Court.

Q: 7/2017, modified support. 12/2017, ex requested custody chg. 2/2018, Temp hearing giving 13 yr old daughter choice to

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Georgia on
Answered on Sep 21, 2018
Regina Irene Edwards' answer
No one could or should give you advice without reviewing your file. Offer and acceptance is a very specific issue, that cannot be summed up in an email. If you want advice about the status of the agreement, you should consult with an attorney who can review all documents and correspondence.

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