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Q: Minors Formalizing a Common-Law Marriage in the District of Columbia

My common-law husband and I have cohabitated together outside of Washington D.C. and been together for almost a year. We present each other as husband and wife and we would like to formalize our marriage by having it recorded so that it is recognized in other states. We are both under eighteen, so... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Feb 13, 2018

You cannot establish a common law marriage in DC unless you have been living in DC and meet all the requirements for establishing the marriage in DC. You state you have been living together outside DC--that will not qualify, unless you are in a jurisdiction that recognizes common law marriage.... Read more »

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Q: Should I seek an attorney before allowing CPS to question my son??

Hello,

recently I was notified by my son's school prinicipal that a parent had filed a sexual assault charge against my 7 year old son. The information as to the details of the case was very limited and she gave no information aside from the fact that he was named and that she would be... Read more »

Sean R Hanover
Sean R Hanover answered on Dec 27, 2017

Great question -- NEVER speak with the authorities unless you are represented by counsel. This could have a devastating effect on your son and your family. You need to learn what gave rise to these allegations. In a CPS investigation, they will be targeting the family, and the environment that... Read more »

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Q: I'm 15 and pregnant and the baby father is 24 what could happen ? Can he sign the birth certificate?
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Sep 6, 2017

Sex with a minor is a crime. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for District of Columbia on
Q: My brother and mother got into a fight but it was her fault and she was arrested can she kick him out if he is underage?
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Feb 14, 2017

That may be considered child abuse if she kicks him out and/or if she has been beating him. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors,... Read more »

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Q: Who won the District of Columbia v. Heller case?

It is a case that focuses on the 2nd amendment. (I just need to know who won that case)

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Feb 1, 2017

See: https://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/07-290.ZS.html

The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA,...
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Q: What are the penalties for underage possession of marijuana in Maine?
Robert Jason De Groot
Robert Jason De Groot answered on Oct 16, 2015

What was the amount? You didn't say. So we have to assume the answer to our own question? You can do an internet search to get basic information on punishment for crimes in Maine.

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