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.
Lydia Seifner's answer You and your husband will have equal rights to your children until a court orders otherwise, regardless of what state you are in. It is typically considered that a state has jurisdiction over children after they have been in the state for six months,
Kristen Thurmond's answer You need to seek the advice of local counsel. This is a serious issue and you need to go to court. Orders of Protection have two phases. An ex parte, where the filing party gets a temporary order based purely on the petition. Then there's a court hearing to determine if the order needs to become permanent, or what the court system calls "full" (Full Order of Protection). Go to the hearing with or without an attorney. Just because he has an order of protection against you, doesn't mean you don't...
Lydia Seifner's answer First of all, don't ever be afraid to go to court. Secondly, it is unclear from your question what the current parenting orders may be, if you have never been to court regarding custody, and the two of you are unmarried, then you are the only one with rights to the child. If the two of you are currently married, then you have equal rights to the child; and if you have been to court previously, then you must follow the current court order. If the home is unsafe, and the current order allows...
Lydia Seifner's answer As you two are separated and did not go through court to decided upon a parenting plan, you both have equal rights to your son. Talk to an attorney as soon as possible to pursue a legal separation or divorce which will include a court enforceable parenting schedule.
Lydia Seifner's answer It depends on who has legal custody of the child, if you have joint legal custody, your ex would need your permission; however if your ex has sole legal custody, then they may do change the child's school. It's strange that your ex has custody if the child lives with you, I would encourage you to speak to an attorney local to you about seeking a modification of your current orders to reflect you as the child's custodian.
Lydia Seifner's answer 17 is a gray area. You must follow the court orders until the child is 18. However, if he wanted to file a family access motion to enforce visitation, or you wished to file a modification based upon their degrading relationship, then case may not get resolved until after the child turns 18, in which case it would be dismissed. It really depends on how likely he is to fight the matter and how long the child has before she turns 18. Talk to an attorney local to you to discuss your options.
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