Lydia Seifner's answer Who gave your ex temporary custody? If it was the Court, then you need to follow the Court's orders and make sure to attend all of the other appearances to work out the case. However, if there is no order regarding custody, and the two of you were unmarried at the time the child was born; then the mother is the only one with rights over the child. You can simply go and pick up your son.
Lydia Seifner's answer Child support is to assist the parent actually caring for the child, if your ex is not housing the children, then there is no reason for him to be the recipient of the support. You will still owe support, but can have it redirected to the household's actually caring for the children, and sometimes to the children themselves. Talk to an attorney in the county where the original judgment was filed to assist you.
Kristen Thurmond's answer Contact an attorney to help you or look at the self representation forms on the Missouri courts website. A father cannot terminate his rights unless another individual is going to step in to take his place. He can agree to no custody and you can agree to no child support. However, it is in your child's best interests to receive support from both parents if they're physically able to contribute. That said, every situation is unique. Talk with an attorney in your area.
Kristen Thurmond's answer You need to get an attorney immediately. The sooner you file, the sooner your child support obligations will stop or be retroactively stopped and the sooner you can get a new custody arrangement ordered by the court. Drug use is a very serious problem that judges will consider greatly when determining custody.
Kristen Thurmond's answer Yes, someone can file a new case in the county where all the individuals, including the children, reside. It does not necessarily mean they will prevail, though. The issue of can the county take up a guardianship case when there's a pending motion to modify is an issue for the court to determine. However, you will want to make sure you consult with an attorney to make the best procedural arguments possible.
Lydia Seifner's answer If you are still married and have not had a custodial arrangement declared by the court through a legal separation; then you both have equal access to the children, and he may move them out of state or refuse to return them as he wishes. Talk to an attorney local to you as soon as you can to discuss seeking a divorce or legal separation that will set up a custody arrangement.
Lydia Seifner's answer If the visitation schedule has changed and the parties wish to have an modification on file with the court to reflect those changes, making them enforceable, they may do so with an uncontested Motion to Modify. But it's not necessary if both parties are in agreement.
Kristen Thurmond's answer One solution to the school issue is to call the school and ask about how to receive information directly from them as a parent who lives out of town. Most schools have online portals to view grades, correspondence, attendance, etc. At the very least, make sure you're receiving letters, notices, etc. by mail or email. It may mean you have to take a trip to the school with your judgment and ID card before you can speak to anyone, though.
As for other issues, it sounds like you need to...
If you are asking how long a parent can have legal custody of a child, then custody over a child continues until the child is eighteen. If a disabled, adult child requires care beyond the age of eighteen, then the matter should be addressed in probate court with an guardianship case.
If you are asking how long a case actually goes, then most courts will allow a case to be continued 3 times before they get fed up with it and set a final trial...
Kristen Thurmond's answer This is going to depend on whether or not you have a court ordered parenting plan. If you do, immediately to file a motion to modify the judgment or prevent relocation of the child. If you do not, you need to file a petition to establish such a parenting plan. You will want an attorney to help you. These motions may be done pro se (try looking through the Missouri Courts website), but there's a lot of procedural and statutory requirements to them. Whatever, you need to make sure this is done as...
Lydia Seifner's answer Considering that the father has been absent for so long, and did not comply with court orders, you may very well be able to get sole custody, especially if he continues to be absent and does not respond to the petition for custody.
Regarding your engagement, you and your new spouse will need to be married for six months before he is eligible to adopt the child.
Lydia Seifner's answer You will need to file for a Modification to change custody. If you both agree, then it will be a fairly simple and quick process. Contact an family attorney local to you to assist you.
Kristen Thurmond's answer If child support was ordered during the time you were denied access, then you must pay child support. Child support and parenting time are dealt with separately by courts. The reason why you were denied time may impact future time with your children. You need to find a local attorney to help you, even if it's just a paid consult to get you moving in the right direction.
Kristen Thurmond's answer Based on what you have stated, it seems like you have no obligation to stay in your current state. However, attempting to prevent the father from having a relationship with his child can cause problems for you. Once the child is born, father has every right file a paternity action to establish custody and parenting time and a judge may order the child to return to father's state with or without you.
Lydia Seifner's answer Yes, further custody proceedings would have to be done in Missouri, in keeping with the current Court orders. Children do not get to decide where they live; if you have sole custody of your daughter, then neither she, nor her mother, may make the decision to change her residence. You will not have to pay child support until a court changes the child support orders.
Talk to an attorney in the jurisdiction in which your orders were initially issues, unless your ex requests a...
Lydia Seifner's answer If he has received the paperwork and hasn't done anything to either approve or contest the guardianship, then ask for a Trial date and make sure he has notice of the court date. Then simply have a trial and see if he shows up. If he continues to ignore everything, then the judge will issue orders in your favor. Contact an attorney to assist you.
Lydia Seifner's answer Unfortunately, yes, a case can go on for months and years waiting on one party. The only thing you can do at this point is to keep asking for trial dates. Eventually the court will get tired of it and stop continuing it. In the until that time, you could ask for costs or enforcement of child support should they continue it again. Talk to an attorney local to you to assist you.
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