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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Missouri on
Q: How can I get rights to child I've had for 7 years without any contact from parents
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 11, 2021

Are you seeking an adoption? I would need more facts to help you with your case.

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Q: I was never married to the biological father. I have been letting them see him until things regarding their situation

That made me uncomfortable for my child. Is there anything they can do to try and take him from me or force shared custody.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 10, 2021

He can seek a paternity action to obtain joint custody of the child.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Missouri on
Q: I was served paternity petition papers from father of my child. How do I respond? We're not married.

Baby born in Missouri

Lived there 4 months. Moved to another state.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 10, 2021

I would need to know some more information to know if the case was properly brought in whichever state it was filed. You need to make sure that you respond within 30 days (in a number of states, it's 21 days), or ask for leave to file out of time with the court.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: My husband is trying to lower his child support or sign his rights away, and I was wondering how much would it cost
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 10, 2021

Do you mean how much it would cost to go to court? Unless there's someone there to adopt the child (or they are considered abandoned, etc.), the court will not terminate his rights just so he doesn't have to pay child support.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: Can I stay with a friend legally, while I'm trying to get myself emancipated.

I'm 16 and I'm currently trying to get myself emancipated without my dad's knowledge. My parents are divorced and my mom has agreed to give up her rights, but my dad is trying to keep us trapped here. He is a very unfit parent and let's his girlfriend control everything and they bully us constantly.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Jun 10, 2021

To be eligible for emancipation in Missouri, you need to be able to support yourself financially and have a place of your own. That doesn't mean you cannot have roommates or live elsewhere, but you would have to show the court that you would be able to afford a home and have an income, etc.... Read more »

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Q: I was served paternity papers in Louisiana. From Missouri. How do I respond?
Keya Reed
Keya Reed answered on Jun 5, 2021

You will need to file an answer to the petition within 30 days after receiving service. I would suggest that you find an attorney in Missouri to help with this matter or file pro se if you are comfortable. The state of Missouri has documents available online if you choose to represent yourself.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: How do I respond to served paternity petition?

Not married to father of child. He served me with paternity petition.

Keya Reed
Keya Reed answered on Jun 5, 2021

You will need to file an answer to the petition within 30 days after receiving service. I would suggest that you find an attorney in your area to help with this matter or file pro se if you are comfortable. The state of Missouri has documents available online if you choose to represent yourself.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Missouri on
Q: What’s my rights as a grandparent
Melissa Jill Needle
Melissa Jill Needle answered on Jun 2, 2021

Do Grandparents Have Visitation Rights? (Connecticut)

Yes, grandparents can petition the courts for visitation rights just as any third party. The courts will use the same standard of the child’s best interest to determine if the grandparents should have visitation rights. In order to be...
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Q: In Missouri with joint custody 50/50 ive been claiming kids on taxes every year i make 20,00 a year he makes 85,000

We are going back for a Modification for parenting plan with I still get to claim kids

Spencer Williams
Spencer Williams answered on May 17, 2021

The presumption in the Missouri Form 14 child support calculation is the parent receiving support receives the deductions. If you are receiving support the court would have to find a reason why the support calculation is “ unjust and inappropriate” to award the paying parent the deduction. It... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Missouri on
Q: Can my boyfriends 17 year old choose to not come home for his scheduled visits per the divorce decree parenting plan?

He has been refusing to come to his dads house on the weeks that are ordered to him via the divorce decree. He has also been doing “virtual school” for the last three weeks and we have just found out he has turned in none of his school work and is now failing his junior year of highschool. Can... Read more »

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 15, 2021

It'll be difficult for the court to enforce that the 17-year-old should be going between each parents. However, in an ideal world, the judge would tell the parent who had custody of the child to ensure that they return to the other parent.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: What is the first procedures in custody case?

My attorney will not return calls. Just need to know where my case is at. Has been retained for 3 weeks.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 15, 2021

It depends on the specifics of your case, but there are a handful of initial documents that need to be drafted prior to filing the case. I'd continuing reaching out to your attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: How much child support would I receive from the father of my child that makes around $350,000 a year?

We aren’t married. We live together and are planning to separate. He is the father of my child. I have not worked in the last year because he didn’t want me to. I have no income.

Steve D. Hardin
Steve D. Hardin answered on Apr 13, 2021

Details will matter such as how many children, the special needs of the children, insurance costs for the child, any work related child care costs, if the paying parent has any other child support.

In short you need to consult with a family law attorney about your case to get a reasonable...
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1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: Spouse has filed for divorce in NM, I live in MO. I recently had a stroke, any services willing to represent me?

Had a stroke on Feb1st. Spouse filed for divorce in NM. No representation, and not sure if I will ever work again. Would love to have some kind of representation as I am already having a hard time grasping an understanding due to the stroke.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 1, 2021

You could seek to have the venue changed to Missouri, depending on your mobility and where the marriage was filed, etc. I would speak to a family law attorney near you and see if they can offer more guidance on the specifics of your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: I am wanting to file a petition for emancipation but I do not know where to start or even how to start.

My home life environment is not the most stable and I pay the rent and buy groceries while paying for my own phone service and needs. I have a job and make decent money at my job. I have been threated by my stepdad and have told my school and the cops when they were called on me when I tried to... Read more »

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 1, 2021

You would need to make sure that you have a place of your own to start. Parental consent to your emancipation helps, but it's not necessary.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Missouri on
Q: Mother left her daughter at the father's house she's doesn't want her to go back home. With custody

He gets her Wednesdays and every other weekend. And pays child support. She said she doesn't want her to live there anymore

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Apr 1, 2021

Can you clarify what your question is?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: Can I go after my sons father LLC Business? He owes thousands in back child support.

My ex recently asked for a modification (he has never paid any child support ) and during the interview he lied about his income and not having a Business. I just recently found out the name of his business, where it’s located and how long the business has been registered with the state of MO.... Read more »

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Mar 30, 2021

An organizer of a business need not have an ownership interest in the business. If your ex has an ownership interest in a Missouri LLC, contact an attorney to see whether you could obtain a "charging order" against the LLC or otherwise garnish it.

Ronald J. Eisenberg...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Missouri on
Q: What is the meaning of FSD not collecting?
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 25, 2021

What do you mean? Please expand upon your question so we can better help.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: 17yo living with 20yo brother; mom not involved due to drugs; legal guardian is moms former boyfriend. Comments please.

17yo is my daughter’s high school (11th grade) boyfriend. He is in need of food & transportation.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 25, 2021

What's your specific question about this situation?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: Being a male can I change my last name in marriage

I’m getting married soon and I just wanna know if I can take my stepfathers last name when I get married to my wife

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 25, 2021

Yes, you can change your name. There's no law stating only a woman can change her name.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: My child was born in Missouri. Is this considered his "home state?"
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 12, 2021

Where is the child residing now? It's not the home state if he hasn't resided there for the past six months.

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