My son's (he is 19 years old) daughter is almost 17 months old & we have had her almost every weekend since birth, including 3-4 separate times when her mother left her with us for 7-10 days while she was out of state. Her mom abruptly stopped visits but since my son is not on the birth cert, he... Read more »
Your son will need to start a paternity action to establish paternity. If you search on the State Court Administrator's Office website, you'll find the forms to fill out. You are right that establishing paternity alone will not change custody. Your son will then need to petition for custody and...Read more »
My 25 yr old son was in a relationship, woman said he was the father of baby. They broke up in May 2019 and she will not have anything to do with us or him. No communication at all. He truly needs help and does not have much money. Can he get a legal aid attorney and how? He wants to be in the... Read more »
Many courthouses have a legal assistance center or otherwise a place where they have forms available for these sort of matters and have staff able to assist in filling them out appropriately. Do that and get this matter before a judge. Continued communication with this woman is unlikely to yield...Read more »
I filed Jan 3rd and have tried to get him to agree to letting me move just outside of michigan. I cant file a motion because I dont have the money for a lawyer to do it. I just want to know if I can get in trouble if I move with them anyways!
Yes, the move could be used against you. Not wise to do so. If you cannot afford a lawyer at the moment, you should check in to your local legal aid office. Or, your courthouse may have a legal assistance center with forms available to file the required motion on your own.
I live in central Ohio, my ex lives in northern Michigan with my children. I would like to file the custody motion from a different county in Michigan so that me and my ex both travel the same distance. Otherwise, I have to travel 8 hours one way and he only travels 15 minutes. I end up having to... Read more »
No. Venue - or the proper court to file - typically depends on what county the child resides in. There are some other factors that help determine venue. But you certainly cannot file in a county just because it happens to be a halfway point, as that court would have no jurisdiction.
Not really. The Revocation of Paternity Act essentially has a 3 year time bar. At 17 years old, your case is well beyond that. And with you having full custody, I would imagine even if some form of relief were possible to get in front of a judge, a court would find that it's in the child's best...Read more »
Last year I gave custody of my daughter to fictive grandparents due to health care reasons. There is a custody order. I am now wanting to get custody back, am I able to without going to court? What first steps should I take?
I was granted full physical and legal custody of my son. We agreed that my son's father would have supervised visits for 2 hours every Friday. The first visit I was supposed to drop him off then he would pick him up from then on. I have contacted him every Friday since to see if I should drop him... Read more »
You can and probably should file a motion with the court asking to modify the parenting time order and cite his missed visits. Until a court says otherwise, you have an obligation to make the child available.
Police reports would be most helpful, perhaps. But the relevant inquiry is to what extent the child has been exposed to domestic violence, or to what extent either parent can foster a healthy parent relationship between the child and other parent.
My child is 12 years of age, her mother and I have joint physical custody. Her mother does not take her parenting time and sends our child to her grandparents house on her weeks. When she does have our child she misses school quite often she also has not reported to the Friend of the Court that she... Read more »
You can find a motion to change parenting time, or possibly custody, particularly with regard to the child missing school while in her care. You will, of course, need to document these concerns - particularly with regard to drugs in the home.
My son moved with me 5 years ago from Michigan to Wisconsin and it was court approved. Since living in WI he has made great friends, plays in sports he never did before, and has great grades in school. Back in December of 2018, my son told an older cousin of his back in Michigan that he wanted to... Read more »
This being in the midst of a school year, I doubt a judge would order a change at this point. However, your son is 15, old enough and hopefully mature enough for a judge to take his opinion seriously. If he wants to move back to Michigan, and can articulate valid reasons (besides "Dad lets me party...Read more »
My son has every other weekend and Wednesday’s for 3 hours with his dad and his dad has not picked him up one weekend and picked him up on day 2 the next weekend. Can he just pick him up whenever he wants or is there a time limit to him losing his weekend?
You should contact the Friend of the Court in your county, or a local family law attorney who practices regularly in those courts to determine what the local standard is. In a lot of places, 30 minutes is considered a reasonable amount of time to wait around; anything more and you can safely assume...Read more »
The cps investagator says i need to do random drugscreens for 90 days and be supervised, i dont think there is a court order or warrant for this. I am not a criminal or felon, can she make me do this legally? I need to speak to a vanburen county lawyer but no money, who do i call? Help please
You do not want to be in a position where a court is ordering you to do this. And best believe that if there is a positive test result from the birth, and CPS is involved, that would be the next thing to happen through the filing of a petition in family court. It sounds like CPS is asking you to do...Read more »
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