Joseph Jaap's answer Before doing that, if you have any other family members, teachers, or trusted adults to talk to about it, you should do that first. But you can call the local children's services office. They will investigate and could move you into foster care.
Joseph Jaap's answer There is different residency for different purposes - taxes, voting, school enrollment, jurisdiction for lawsuits. Each state sets its own rules. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to contact a lawyer in the state where you might live.
Joseph Jaap's answer Nothing stops you from moving, but until you establish residency in a new state, which could take 6 months, the prior state retains jurisdiction over any child custody issues, and the court could require you to return the children. Before moving, use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local family law attorney about your options.
Joseph Jaap's answer Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain a local family law attorney to review all the facts and advise you of your options. You could file in court to re-establish contact. The court would decide if that is in the child's best interest considering all the facts. If you are not paying child support, the court could order you to begin paying.
Joseph Jaap's answer If you and she agree on everything in an uncontested divorce, and you both have relatively equal time with the child, equal sharing of expenses, relatively equal incomes, and each can provide an adequate place to live, then the court might allow an adjustment to the standard child support calculation, so that nobody pays child support. But the court require child support, even if you both agree that none is needed. If no child support is ordered now, if any circumstances change, either parent...
Joseph Jaap's answer If you are married, both parents have custody, until a court order says otherwise. If you file for legal separation or divorce, then the court will determine custody issues. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to review all the facts and advise you.
Joseph Jaap's answer Some courts or local law schools have legal clinics with volunteers to answer questions. Otherwise, it is prudent to retain a local family law attorney to assist you. If the documents are not done properly, or you fail to include something, it can be difficult or impossible to fix later. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to advise you.
Joseph Jaap's answer It could take several weeks, especially over the holidays. Call the child support agency and ask them for an estimate. Don't count on receiving anything until possibly January. It might come sooner, but probably not.
Joseph Jaap's answer An attorney would have to review the child support order and what it says about health insurance payments. If you pay what you can to spread out the $500, a court would take that into consideration. But use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local family law attorney.
Joseph Jaap's answer If you are not married to him, he has no rights until he establishes paternity and a court grants him parenting rights. With no court order for visitation or parenting in place, you are the sole legal custodian of your children, and you do not have to allow him any access to the children at all, and you can apply for him to pay you child support, which is calculated according to a worksheet in Ohio. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney who can review the facts of...
Joseph Jaap's answer Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local divorce attorney in Lake County, IL where the court is. The attorney can advise you about seeking spousal support (alimony) along with child support, and the court also could order your spouse to pay your attorney fees. Call around to attorneys in Lake County to find one to help you.
Joseph Jaap's answer He always has the right to go to court and ask for parenting time and custody. The court would decide what is in the best interest of the child at that time based on all the evidence properly presented to the court. It could order supervised visits to start, and then increase the parenting time later. Both of your incomes are considered in determining child support, but incomes do not determine custody. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to review all the facts,...
Joseph Jaap's answer If the court orders you to pay child support, you must pay it, or be found in contempt of court and possible put in jail. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney to review the facts of your situation and advise you.
Joseph Jaap's answer You are legally obligated to pay the child support until a court changes it. If you don't, legal action could be taken against you to collect. If you do not have legal custody, then enrolling him in your school district might be a problem, or even getting medical treatment for him. You need to find a way to retain a local family law attorney to review all the facts and advise you. Use the Find a Lawyer tab.
Joseph Jaap's answer Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney where you lived in OH and one where you now live in PA. OH might still have jurisdiction. They can review all the facts and advise you.
Joseph Jaap's answer They wouldn't necessarily get the same, but it is totally up to the discretion of the court to determine what is in the child's best interest, what relationship there is with grandparents, etc. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney who can review all the facts and represent you.
Joseph Jaap's answer Did a court grant you custody, or did you simply take him in? If there is a current custody order, then it must be followed. If not, then his mother has custody, and he cannot just leave and move back with you. If you want to get custody, you have to file in court to do that. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local family law attorney.
Joseph Jaap's answer Until he establishes paternity and a court grants him parental rights, you have sole custody. But if he learns you are granting guardianship, then he could go to court and become involved. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and retain an attorney to assist you.
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