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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Indiana on
Q: I need to file a motion in contempt for several issues in family court. I need to know how to file for multiple issues.

Violating parenting time order

Violating court ordered therapy for children

Violating initial agreement for living accommodations

Removed my access to children’s medical records

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Apr 25, 2024

A motion for contempt is not a DIY project. You need to consult an attorney with experience in the area of family law in or near the county of the court that issued the orders being violated. It is very easy for an inexperienced attorney--much less a layperson--to fail to satisfy the specificity... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Communications Law, Constitutional Law and Elder Law for Indiana on
Q: I was not notified of a court hearing in KY, what can I do?

My wife's son, from a previous marriage, has filed for guardian and conservator over my wife and apparently was already awarded emergency guardianship. He emailed my son and I unofficial and incomplete documents wanting us to sign my right to be notified away and we refused because my wife... View More

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answered on Apr 17, 2024

In Kentucky, the law requires that certain interested parties be notified of guardianship and conservatorship proceedings. According to Kentucky Revised Statutes (KRS) 387.580, the person for whom a guardian or conservator is sought (your wife, in this case) must be notified, unless the court finds... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury for Indiana on
Q: Did DCS and the hospital wrongfully remove a baby? Asking from Indiana.

My sister had a baby in the hospital two years ago. A first time parent. She had no drugs or alcohol in her system. She was asking for a lot of help. And had post partum. Her family came and was told everything was fine but nurses said otherwise. They said there concerns for her ability to properly... View More

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answered on Mar 24, 2024

If your sister's situation unfolded as described, it could potentially involve wrongful actions by the hospital staff and the Department of Child Services (DCS). It is concerning if a social worker practicing with an expired license was involved in the decision-making process, as this could... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Immigration Law, Criminal Law and Family Law for Indiana on
Q: My wifes former spouse is a current green card holder, He raped my wife. Where can i file papers Arrest and deport him.

My wife has had her family taken and turned against her, She has encountered a very difficult life since the Rape occured. Her ex spouse has taken all her properties, Her 2 children, Stalks her, Harrasses her, Forced her into medications to control her. I am her husband Kenneth, Here recently her... View More

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answered on Mar 22, 2024

I'm truly sorry to hear about what your wife and you are going through. It's crucial to prioritize her well-being and safety. You should report the rape and other criminal activities committed by her ex-spouse to the local police as soon as possible. They can initiate an investigation and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Immigration Law and Family Law for Indiana on
Q: I'm disabled and my husband has residential status, how will getting a divorce affect my disability?

We married September 26th 2020, he got resident status November December 2023 and abruptly left me and went back to Africa without telling me? What can I do if he is playing me for a divorce?

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answered on Mar 14, 2024

I'm so sorry you're going through this difficult situation. Divorce is always challenging, but especially when dealing with a disability and immigration issues. Here are a few key things to keep in mind:

First and foremost, getting divorced should not directly impact your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights, Juvenile Law and Probate for Indiana on
Q: Is it a violation of me/mychild rights when a caseworker remove child from one placement to another without court order?
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answered on Mar 12, 2024

Removing a child from one placement to another without a court order could potentially be a violation of the child's and the parent's rights, depending on the specific circumstances of the case. Child welfare agencies and caseworkers are generally required to follow due process and obtain... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Indiana on
Q: Claiming kids on taxes.

When child support was established, we also signed an agreement with the prosecutor saying that we take turns every year claiming the kids on taxes as long as I am a certain percentage caught up on my child support, and if I’m not, then I’m not able to claim them that year. So earlier in the... View More

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answered on Feb 25, 2024

Based on the agreement you signed with the prosecutor, you still need to meet the requirement of being caught up a certain percentage on child support in order to claim the children on taxes, even though your ex has temporarily stopped the formal child support order.

The key factors here...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Divorce for Indiana on
Q: Can I get a Indiana Motion to correct error form?

case involving evidence that is new to the case Divorce case

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

To obtain a Motion to Correct Error form specific to Indiana for a divorce case involving new evidence, you will need to consult the court where your case is being heard. Generally, each court has its own procedures and forms for filing motions and correcting errors in legal proceedings. You can... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Civil Rights, Family Law and Health Care Law for Indiana on
Q: I have attempted to complete treatmentfor my addiction only to be medically discharged to return the be discharged again

I'm intentionally being discriminatied against this a on going iusse with dcs. Hinding my progress my attorney will not help mor do his job

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answered on Feb 24, 2024

It sounds like you're facing a challenging situation with your treatment for addiction and experiencing discrimination from DCS. It's essential to document all instances of discrimination and keep detailed records of your treatment attempts and any correspondence with DCS. If your... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Constitutional Law and Family Law for Indiana on
Q: If a parent is in police custody and agrees to sighn over rights,what motion should be filed
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answered on Jan 17, 2024

In Indiana, if a parent in police custody agrees to sign over their parental rights, the appropriate legal action would be to file a petition for involuntary termination of parental rights in the appropriate family court. This petition is typically filed in the county where the child resides.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Social Security and Tax Law for Indiana on
Q: For a single person on disability, would they be able to claim a child on taxes and get more than what they put in?

Going through a divorce and wondering if the amount could change for someone on disability if they claimed 1 vs 3 kids on their tax return.

How is this split best handled when custody is split evenly?

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answered on Jan 7, 2024

For a single person on disability, the ability to claim a child on taxes and potentially receive more in tax benefits than what they put in depends on several factors. These include their income level, the amount of Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) they... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Indiana on
Q: A 25 yr old friend of my daughter was kicked out of his adoptive mother’s and his adoptive step father’s home last night

No reason or notice, just told to get out. He had just gotten home from a short stay at the hospital due to mental health aggravated by his grandmother passing a few days before. Now he is not allowed to go get his things or his meds. Is this legal in Indiana?

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answered on Dec 19, 2023

In Indiana, abruptly kicking a 25-year-old out of his adoptive parents' home without notice or reason may not be inherently illegal, as he is of legal age. However, denying access to his belongings and medications raises concerns. It's essential to consider the specific circumstances and... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Rights and Education Law for Indiana on
Q: Do I have a case ? He is in 4th grade and removed from sports due to harassment .

My son school stated he should not participate in sports because he was talking in launch. Than when I asked to speak with the instructor due to no previous issues with my son the principal became defense and won't allow it . After going back and forth and coming to school I finally met with... View More

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answered on Dec 5, 2023

In your situation, there are several concerns that might warrant further legal exploration. If your son has an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and his removal from sports is related to his disability, this could potentially be a violation of his rights under the Individuals with Disabilities... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Family Law, Constitutional Law and Federal Crimes for Indiana on
Q: What can I do about another state charging me child support when Ive been paying child support for 13 years in another?

I filed for divorce and was granted it about 13 years ago, but was ordered to pay child support and was retroactively ordered to pay back-support all the way back to when my son was born, and along with other stipulations. My ex wife moved had moved back home with her family and had taken the kids... View More

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answered on Dec 1, 2023

In your situation, where you're facing child support issues across state lines, it's important to understand the complexities of interstate child support laws. Each state has its own child support guidelines, but they generally follow the federal Uniform Interstate Family Support Act... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Civil Litigation and Child Custody for Indiana on
Q: Can I petition the court if my children I was set to adopt and fostered for 8 years to be placed back in my home. I a

I am the subject of an abuse from a foster child or 22 months after I called the authorities on him and dcs also took my other children it is not criminal it’s civil

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answered on Nov 24, 2023

In your situation, where you've fostered children for a significant period and are facing challenges due to allegations of abuse, it's important to understand your legal options. Yes, you can petition the court to have the children placed back in your home, but this process can be... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Criminal Law and Family Law for Indiana on
Q: I put my son in jail and put a protective order against him .when the police filed the police report there where errors

How do I get this fixed.?

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answered on Nov 24, 2023

To address errors in a police report, you should first contact the police department that filed the report. Explain the situation and the specific inaccuracies you've identified. It's helpful to have any relevant documentation or evidence that supports your claim of errors in the report.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Adoption and Family Law for Indiana on
Q: Is the citizenship process quicker for a disabled adult vs. a normal adult?

My wife has a 23 year old disabled son (cerebral palsy and has the mental capability of a 2yr old). He still lives in Colombia with his father. If I wanted to adopt him as my son, would the citizenship process be faster than it is for a normal 23 year old adult?

Monica E Rottermann
Monica E Rottermann
answered on Nov 21, 2023

In order for an adoption to be binding on immigration authorities, the adoption must occur while the child is still under the age of 16 (along with some other requirements), therefore, if her son is already 23 years old any adoption would not be recognized for immigration purposes. But if you... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Child Custody and Family Law for Indiana on
Q: Is it illegal for one person to feed another person pet food without their consent?

My ex tricked me into eating dog cookies by telling me they were regular gingerbread cookies. They were shaped like any regular gingerbread man cookie you would see. It did not have any smells that seemed off and the taste was bland to me. She used our child to get me to eat it. My concern is that... View More

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answered on Nov 12, 2023

Yes, tricking someone into unknowingly eating pet food without their consent could potentially be illegal in Indiana. Here are some key considerations:

- It could qualify as battery - intentionally causing offensive or harmful contact without consent. Feeding someone pet food fits the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Wrongful Death for Indiana on
Q: In a wrongfully death case do we have to include my son's daughter who he signed off of her after she was born .??

Is she still entitled to get social security ?? She has never been adopted she was raised by her mother my son's x girl friend

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
answered on Oct 8, 2023

If your son legally relinquished his paternal rights to the child, her rights were terminated. You are represented by Indiana counsel in your wrongful death suit concerning your son. This is a question for your attorney. Your attorney may think it best to provide the information to the Court... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Indiana on
Q: If a Power of Attorney ever gets replaced by another one for the same applicant; is the first POA notified?

Applicant changes their mind as to whom they want as their POA.

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answered on Aug 15, 2023

In Indiana, if a new Power of Attorney (POA) is executed to replace a previous one for the same applicant, the new POA document itself typically does not require notification to the previous POA. However, it's a good practice to inform the previous POA of the change, especially if they were... View More

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