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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Idaho on
Q: I signed my parental rights over of my son to his aunt but it wasn't notorized is it still legal and can it be used

His grandma has temp guardianship and I want my son back I didn't mean to sign my rights over to the aunt what do I do

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Sep 9, 2022

Idaho law says that a parent may give someone their parental rights for upto six (6) months, without having to go to court. Many people do this. The fact that it wasn't notarized will not do anything for you, unless it is your belief that your signature was forged or that your spouse's... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Idaho on
Q: Does a QRDO override a divorce decree? My decree states I forgo my ex’s retirement. But there is not a QRDO filed.

Married 1982- 1996, I was a stay at home mom for the first 11 years of marriage . I agreed under duress because at the time my X Threatened he would leave the state and not give me even child support . Fast forward to today. My X is retiring and asked need to sign a waiver of pension benefits. I... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Sep 9, 2022

A QDRO does not override a Divorce Decree, it merely directs the Plan Administrator on how to divide a 401k or military or state retirement. It's simply the "instructions" on how to do it. So, the answer is probably YES you would have the right at this point to get a large portion... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce and Family Law for Idaho on
Q: my husband in in jail for two days and will be brought to the court tomorrow. He has got dimentia or some disfunction

He won't get help and I fear for my life. Can we file something with his mental and start divorce? He wants to hurt me after 55 years of caring for him and it has come to this. I am truly scared of him. What are my rights?

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Mar 20, 2022

Idaho Code allows a Petitioner to seek out a Civil Protection Order. All you need to do is go into the Clerk's Office and ask for Civil Protection papers, and the Clerk will give them to you. They might even have a "Court Assistance Office" to help you fill out the papers. Once... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Personal Injury, Domestic Violence and Landlord - Tenant for Idaho on
Q: Hello! My family is dealing with an odd situation and I'd like to know what steps can be taken to resolve it.

My mom's ex is abusive towards her and my sisters. She "left him" but he still comes over. She's been charging my sisters rent. They are over 18. Do they then have a say in whether or not he's allowed at the house if the are paying rent? They feel unsafe with him around but... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Mar 14, 2022

Well, is sounds like you're asking this, correct me if I'm wrong:

Your parents were divorced. You are out of the house now but your sisters are still living with your mother, who apparently is a co-owner of the house that you and your mom's ex, owned?

If your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Idaho on
Q: Looking for a lawyer or somebody that can just help me do response to a petition to modify it order judgment or decree
Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Mar 14, 2022

Most attorneys are reticent to simply "help" someone prepare a "Response to Petition."

Why? Several reasons:

1. He will do much more work in helping you, then you feel like paying him for;

2. You will feel comfortable calling him several times,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Tax Law for Idaho on
Q: Does pro rata payment of the value of the tax exemptions" mean her part of taxes is included in child support each month
Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Feb 17, 2022

The short answer is YES.

There are several exemptions, credits and deductions in the tax code. The Idaho Child Support Guidelines, which are found in the new, Idaho Rules of Family Law Procedure, are confusing to say the least on this. Here are some points to consider:

1. The...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Idaho on
Q: My ex spouse received stimulus money for child but doesnt even see child. Is there anything i can do about that?
Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Dec 27, 2021

Does the Stimulus Program dictate that only mother's with minor children at home will receive any money? I could be mistaken, and have been many times, but I don't think Congress created that program for ONLY single mothers, with minor children at home. Are you sure you're not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Idaho on
Q: My daughter who is 2 hasn’t seen her mom since she was 4 months. can I file for abandonment/get her rights removed?

Her mom has been in and out of jail and she doesn’t call or text only reason I know she’s not in jail is because I check her Facebook. But she has had ZERO contact since she was 4 months old. No contact no calls no money nothing.

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Oct 25, 2021

Idaho used to have a statute that said that a parent who fail to have normal parent/child relationship for over one year without just cause was guilty of abandonment and subject to having rights terminated. I do not know personally why that law was abandoned by the Idaho legislature but it has... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Idaho on
Q: What should I consider before moving out of jointly owned house with our child? Can this hurt me if we later divorce?

My husband's drinking is out of control and endangering our child. He won't leave, and I think it's best for us to temporarily separate. Can this decision impact a later divorce, custody, or division of assets? What else should I consider before moving?

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Oct 12, 2021

You can separate without having a formal Separation Order. In fact, if you file for Divorce, the law gives either of the parties the right to ask the court for a sort-of "time out," where the parties will be prohibited each from filing any kind of paper for a period of ninety (90) days,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Idaho on
Q: Is it legal for an adult aunt to share a bedroom with her teenage niece. We have been told that it is illegal
Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Oct 12, 2021

There is no Idaho criminal law prohibiting an adult female from sharing a bedroom with a family member.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Idaho on
Q: Been paying ch. supp. for a year, no order. Can I be credited for voluntarily paying when complaint for divorce filed?

Have been paying for my 2 daughters since Sept. of last year without any type of legal documentation. Wife moved against my wishes to Idaho while I went back to San Diego (we were in Italy) as am in Navy, but she committed to working on our marriage. I trusted her but it seems as she just said... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Oct 1, 2021

It sounds as though she did trick you, in order to establish residency in Idaho. I don't know what was going on at the time she wanted to move back to the states between you two. But it doesn't matter now. She has filed for divorce, in Idaho. Here are some suggestions, with the most... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Idaho on
Q: My daughter is 16 her boyfriend is 21 and her dad let him move in with them is this illegal? Can her dad get in trouble

Can his new 25 year old girlfriend get in trouble as well ? They both allow it even tho it's illegal in idaho

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Sep 3, 2021

Your daughter is too young to have sex with a 21 year old man, period. IF the father permits them to live together, as "house mates," no foul. If the father allows them to sleep in the same bed, that is illegal and NO the girlfriend has NO liability, because she has NO rights to your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Idaho on
Q: can idaho css suspend a drivers license for arrears in child support even after the 5 yr statue of limitations has past?
Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Aug 2, 2021

Yes. Idaho has no statute of limitations for collecting child support. Suspending your DL is a Legislative creation. Chapter 12, Title 32. The limitation of 5 yrs. where did you get that? I have made a rather cursory check of the limitations of certain actions in Idaho, and unfortunately, I... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Idaho on
Q: Can my childs mother keep my son from visiting me before court ordered custody is established in idaho

She has been refusing me visitation with our son, i moved to idaho to be near him.

We got married but she didnt turn in paperwork

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Jul 30, 2021

Yes she can. At this point, until you establish parental RIGHTS to your child, the ONLY thing Idaho gives you are RESPONSIBILITIES! Financial responsibilities. However, just because you're paying child support, that doesn't bestow a SINGLE RIGHT on you. To get RIGHTS to a child, you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Idaho on
Q: Can my husband adopt my daughter without biological fathers consent

My daughters biological father has never been in her life, when I was pregnant my now husband was my boyfriend so he’s been with me since before she was born. Her birth certificate has no fathers name on it. Her biological father hasn’t even talked to me or asked about her since I was a month... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Jul 6, 2021

The answer to your question is NO. Your bf/now husband and you however, are in the position now of replacing the birth father BY ADOPTION with your new husband. But you are going to need to file two petitions:

1. Petition for Termination. This petition says, the bio father has not acted...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Idaho on
Q: My daughter was arrested and my grandson was taken into foster care. They refuse to consider me . What do I do?

I was the closest person to this child. He has a bedroom in my home and spent 5 days a week with me. I have never been arrested and have a stable work and homelife. They refuse to even talk to me and tell me why. I feel as though CPS. is just a guise for human trafficing. They are their own... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Jun 10, 2021

What do they tell you as their excuse for not considering you? Do you have any warrants or possibly living with someone on probation or parole? If you can't afford to hire a lawyer then go into the Court Assistance Office and ask them for a Petition for Guardianship and file it with the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Idaho on
Q: Can the state of Idaho take my money I had prior to the marriage for my husband's back child support?

I received money for the sale of my home in December 2020. I was married in February of 2021. Just added him to my checking acct 2 weeks ago (May 2021) and the state took almost $30,000 of my money for his back support and without any notice.

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Jun 3, 2021

No they can't . . . unless you put your money and new husband's money into a "joint checking account" and can't tell which money was your original money and trace out the money which belonged to your new husband. However, in Idaho, all money which is deposited into a joint... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Idaho on
Q: My mom filed abandonment and neglect trying to keep my daughter from me, can I go take my daughter back

I am the sole custodian of my daughter I fell ill and was unable to care for my daughter in which my mom gladly took the reins so I could recover in which we knew would be a long road to recovery, and agreed that soon as I was stable and able to bring my daughter bak home that she care for her... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Jun 3, 2021

If you were ill and left your daughter in your mother's care while you recovered, then your mother probably bonded to your daughter, her granddaughter, while you were in Portland recovering. The ONLY thing keeping you from going to your mother's home and walking up to the door saying,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Idaho on
Q: I need to get emancipated at age 16

Email me

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on May 13, 2021

Unfortunately, Idaho has NO law of emancipation. Idaho law requires all kids to attend school through the 8th grade, so my advise to you is that you attempt to 1) mend fences, stay in school, it won't be too long till you're on your own, yada, yada, yada; or, 2) seek permission to stay... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Idaho on
Q: How do you change a minors last name

My 10 year old daughter wants to change her last name to her stepfather's. Her biological father has not been in her life since she was 8 months old. We have a child support order against him but he hasnt paid in 7 years. What can I do?

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on May 13, 2021

The fact that her father hasn't had any contact with her since she was 8 months old, DUE TO A NO CONTACT ORDER, against the father, is problematic. The fact that he hasn't paid CS in 7 years is irrelevant to your question. Idaho has a statute regarding name change. It is found in Title... Read more »

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