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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.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: My child was born in Missouri. Not married. The mother took child to Louisiana. Where will I have to get lawyer.?

I want to file for custody. Which state will I have to file in?

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 11, 2021

It should be filed where the child has resided, typically for the last six months.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Missouri on
Q: My boyfriend relapsed and we haven’t herd or seen him in over a week, we have two children together can I get fulcustody

Prior to this happening I was seeking information on getting full custody and applying for child support I’m a single low income mom now, not leaving any extra room for lawyer fees

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 10, 2021

If you already have a custody order in place, you would want to seek a modification of it based on this change.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Missouri on
Q: If it is strait 50/50 with both parents what is the advantage to have the primary address
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 10, 2021

There is no advantage per se about being listed for residential and mailing purposes. It simplifies the process for the child and the parents to know what address should be listed for the child so important documents and notices aren't split between two addresses.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: Where do I got to get the form for Petition for Modification of Guardianship or termination in Pulaski Co.Missouri
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 10, 2021

https://www.courts.mo.gov/page.jsp?id=5240

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: My child born in Missouri.Childs mother in Louisiana. Where will I have to get lawyer?
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 10, 2021

Where does the child live?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: Where is custody hearing held if parents are in different states?

The child was born in Missouri.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 10, 2021

Is there a current custody hearing that is going to take place or are you speaking about one in the future? The petition should be filed in the "home state" of the child.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: How to terminate parental rights?

Child is 13, parent has been absent for 11 years. Parent is in jail, likely until 2030.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Mar 10, 2021

You can ask for them to consent to termination which is much simpler. I think that if the parent has been absent for that long, then you have a good case for seeking termination of that parent's rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: Guardianship of disabled adult

My younger sister is blind and autistic. She lives with our mother right now, but our mother's health is failing. What can we do for me to get guardianship of my sister? Is it a long and expensive process? I live in Nebraska, and my mother and sister live in Mansfield Mo.

Steve D. Hardin
Steve D. Hardin answered on Mar 3, 2021

How long and expensive it is depends on the case. A contested guardianship case certainly takes more time and money than an uncontested case. Ultimately you will need to consult with attorneys who do guardianships where your sister resides.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: I filed paternity in Missouri where child was born. Will mother of child be served in Louisiana, where she lives?
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Feb 25, 2021

She can be, yes, so long as you specify her address

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: Do I have to file another paternity petition in the state girlfriend moved to? I Filed in Missouri where child was born.
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Feb 25, 2021

No, you file it in one state. Was the child born/conceived in Missouri? If so, that would be the appropriate state for a paternity action.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: I'm in the process of filing for paternity. What happens if girlfriend leaves state before she can be served? Missouri.

We live in Branson, Missouri

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Feb 25, 2021

You can get her served in another state.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: What steps could my mother take if I left home permanently?

I am 17 years old and I was just curious about what I could expect if I choose to leave home permanently. Is this something I could do?

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Feb 22, 2021

There are specifics to becoming emancipated, one of which includes not living with your parents. Feel free to contact me if you have further specific questions.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for Missouri on
Q: My little sister is 17, she graduates early and wants to move in with me is that possible?

We were all adopted, her adopted family is horrible. There has been many wellness checks on her from me. Many DFS calls on the family so much stress she ran away and they brought her back. She is 17 she graduates early, and would like to live with me. I've contacted so many people and they... Read more »

Spencer Williams
Spencer Williams answered on Feb 21, 2021

She can file a petition for emancipation. You can consider filing for guardianship of your sister as well.

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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: If a Missouri case is in Division 35 would it be concerning custody or abuse?
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Feb 11, 2021

What county in Missouri?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Missouri on
Q: Can I send my affidavit via email in missouri Petition to proceed as a poor person
Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Feb 11, 2021

You need to file your Petition to Proceed as a Poor Person via mail or in-person.

1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Divorce and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: My wife and I filed joint and married on our taxes. We have been separated and she wants to keep all of refund

I have been employed full-time where she has only worked last few months of 2020 as she took custody of my step grandson. I thought 50/50 was fair

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Feb 3, 2021

You would be entitled to a division of that return, yes.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Missouri on
Q: I'm a woman legally married to another woman and we're having a baby! Do I need any legal agreement about the parentage?

I've gotten mixed reviews about whether the birth certificate with both of our names on it will suffice when it comes to us both being able to make medical choices for him.

Caroline Bundy
Caroline Bundy answered on Feb 3, 2021

Congratulations! We've dealt with an appeals case on the matter, so I would try to get something in writing with a family law attorney to cover you in the future.

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