Joshua H Bearce's answer This question cannot be fully answered without more information. If there are allegations of physical abuse, and she does not want to live with her Mother, then you can file a complaint for modification with the Court seeking to obtain custody of her. I would suggest you also file a motion for the appointment of a Guardian Ad Litem to ascertain the parenting plan that it is your daughter's best interests. The GAL will likely interview your daughter and if she states she wants to live with...
Lillian J. LaRosa's answer On the civil side there would be an action for Contempt and a capias would issue and a writ of habeas corpus to return the child besides kidnapping which is federal so this would be very serious and visitation would be lost as a result.
Lissa McKinney's answer This is tricky because you waited on all your rights to address it. IF you had taken action she could have been prevented from taking the child out of state. Have you been adjudicated the Father via a signed birth certificate or a paternity action? If not you will have to proceed in the Court with jurisdiction over where she is living now. The circumstances between you might matter. Did she have a restraining order? was she given sole legal and physical custody? were you in jail and not...
Lillian J. LaRosa's answer If the relationship is stable with your boyfriend and he is a suitable individual, it is ok to introduce him to your children. Sometimes there is an objection as to the boyfriend due to details about his past or present which may raise legitimate concerns, but you have not indicated that he has any issues. Also, sometimes there is a situation where the children and boyfriend do not interact well or the children are having problems adjusting to changes since the divorce and could include your...
Lillian J. LaRosa's answer Unless there is some concern about whether the child's safety or well-being would be affected adversely by implementing an agreement for custody prior to the hearing date, it is generally acceptable. Sometimes, in fact, it is a wise idea to try on the new living arrangement for size to see how things work for the parties and the child so that if things do not work out the issue can be addressed on the Court date.
Lillian J. LaRosa's answer Was the State taking the moneys for arrears in child support? Or did you owe the state otherwise? If it was not taken for child support , you will need to obtain the money from family or friends or you will be taken into custody/jail as the Court has made a finding that you can pay the support. If you are not seeing your child only because of mother's withholding visits due to your non-support, this is not acceptable and you can file your Contempt Complaint if she has violated a Court Order,...
Lillian J. LaRosa's answer You have not stated whether there was any Order of the Probate Court involved so far, so it is difficult to answer satisfactorily except that if there are no current Court Orders then with the mother of a child born of unmarried parents presumptively mother has sole legal and physical custody. However, the facts as to whether father has been actively caring for the child and the parties have been living together make a claim by father for joint legal custody a strong possibility and moving...
Lillian J. LaRosa's answer The other parent appears to be in violation of a Court Order and you can file a Contempt Complaint in order to obtain action from the Court that will address the non-compliance in terms of its effects on the child's bet interests. If you have counsel and there is a contempt finding against the other parent the Court would also order your counsel fees to be paid.
Lillian J. LaRosa's answer If you were divorced did you have a reference to custody and visitation in the agreement or in the Judgment post trial? If this is an unmarried parents Judgment of paternity or custody and support, then the issue of what custody there is would be addressed in that agreement and Judgment. You would need to file a Modification Petition and seek an Emergency Order to have the Court enter orders terminating/suspending visitation, and ,if applicable, legal custody and if father is trying to see...
Lillian J. LaRosa's answer Moving with the child is called a Removal Modification Petition because the MA Court presumes that the parties and child will continue to live in MA and permission needs to be granted to do so by the Court in MA unless the parties agree to the move . If the primary residence is in Rhode Island or becomes RI then MA loses jurisdiction after the child has lived there for 6 months.
Lillian J. LaRosa's answer Is the child enrolled in a 4 year college educational program ? If so, then no, but you should ASAP have your divorce/separation agreement reviewed by your divorce attorney or domestic relations counsel to determine what obligation you have and how the wording reads concerning college contribution before filing for a Modification to terminate child support.
Lillian J. LaRosa's answer The Court can impute income to him in calculating child support in an amount based upon his earnings history and educational background and the Court can order job search to occur also.
Lillian J. LaRosa's answer The Probate Court would have support order jurisdiction but not yet custody and visitation jurisdiction. However, is there a threat to the child's safety or well-being involved in the return to Florida? If so, Massachusetts may consider taking the case.
Lillian J. LaRosa's answer If there are no issues involving the step father there are no chances working against you and then quite possibly biological father would be willing to consent to the adoption. You can still proceed with the adoption petition if he does not consent but it would be a longer time frame, and judging from the facts presented there is no involvement with the child and he may also have fitness issues.
Lillian J. LaRosa's answer This sounds like a complex matter which you should pursue through counsel and not try to handle pro se. If you do not have funds to engage an attorney to represent you, you may qualify for appointed counsel to represent you in contesting the guardianship You would need to file a Motion requesting appointment of counsel on your behalf due to indigency in the court involved.
Lillian J. LaRosa's answer This is an unusual question, but if there are circumstances which merit a "parenting " or visitation scheduling change one party can certainly bring forward a Modification Complaint. This is more common due to changes in work hours and shift changes .
Lillian J. LaRosa's answer She should at least have a Will nominating a guardian for the minor children. The best route would be to also have a Guardianship petition or at least temporary guardianship addressed by the Court taking into consideration his unsuitability as a custodial parent as being not in the children's best interests.
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