Louisiana Child Custody Questions & Answers

Q: How do I begin the process of terminating parental rights? We have not heard from my childs father in 6 months?

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Answered on Apr 11, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
If you and your spouse have been married for over 6 months, your spouse can file to adopt the child at this time. This would terminate the father's rights. This is a relatively inexpensive process, compared to a private adoption. Give me a call and I'll be happy to discuss the process and costs involved.

Q: How how does a hearing officer have to render it's recommends to the courts and parties?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Answered on Apr 2, 2019
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
By email or in writing. You have a short deadline to file an Objection.

Q: Is a change of venue possible for custody litigation? Specifically, two judges have been recused already due to bias.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Answered on Apr 2, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
A change of venue isn't likely solely due to the need to recuse judges. The LA Supreme Court can appoint a retired judge, or a judge from another jurisdiction to hear your case if all of the judges in that district have been recused.

Q: I have been to court 2 times with 2 custody evaluators in the case. I need to fight again but have no money. Can you hep

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 29, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
If you have credible information establishing the sexual abuse, you should call the police and DCFS right away. You can also check with your local clerk of court or District Attorney's office (ask for the domestic abuse advocate) for the forms necessary to seek a domestic abuse restraining order and order of temporary custody. Good luck.

Q: I made a child that I did not want from a mother that I was never with outside the obvious. How can I surrender rights?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 28, 2019
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
Your rights can't be terminated unless her husband wants to adopt. If you want to co-parent, you can hire an attorney to seek joint custody

Q: How is it my daughter husband ONLY served 3months in jail for 2ND DEGREE ASSAULT WITH WEAPON?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 26, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
That is a question best asked of the assistant DA or victim's assistance coordinator with the DA's office.

Q: I have a custody agreement from out of state how do I put it on file in Louisiana?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 25, 2019
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
File for Contempt in the State in which you and the minor child live.

Q: Can my 16 year old step son decide not to come home?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 23, 2019
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
If the exwife takes him to court, yes he could lose custody. He needs a custody lawyer.

Q: Currently in abusive relationship while fostering. Abuser cares for special needs kids while I work. Can I foster alone?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 23, 2019
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
You need to document the abuse directed to you or your brother and sister, with a nanny cam or private investigator.

Q: The father of my child has temporary custody what can I do to get my daughter back in my custody?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 17, 2019
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
Hire a custody lawyer to review the facts of your case.

Q: The father and I broke up a days ago . he won't allow me to take her. what are my rights

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 16, 2019
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
Mothers and fathers have the same custodial rights. If he won't let you have your child, then hire a custody lawyer.

Q: Is there exception to 30 day clock if I was not mailed or served with notice of judgement? Opposing counsel erred.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 12, 2019
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
Extension of time for what? You need to consult with an attorney because more details are needed.

Q: when does juvenile court jurisdiction end and does a request for disposition need to be formally filed to terminate?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 10, 2019
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
1) You need a juvenile court lawyer to file the appeal very quickly.

2) Juvenile court retains jurisdiction until the child turns 18.

Q: My sons father haven’t paid child support in almost a year and doesn’t contact about his child. Can I get full rights?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 8, 2019
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
If your husband wants to adopt your child, then contact an adoption attorney. If not, then you are not going to terminate his parental rights. You should hire a custody attorney to file for sole custody and contact Support Enforcement to get child support.

Q: Child custody

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 8, 2019
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
I strongly recommend that you quickly hire a custody lawyer, seek custody and get a restraining order against her relocating your kids or having them around the boyfriend. You may want to get a divorce also.

Q: What forms do I need to file for custody of my daughter? Where can I find the forms? She resides in Jefferson parish

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 4, 2019
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
You need to hire a custody attorney who practices in Jefferson Parish.

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