Doak Willis' answer No they are not correct. The law encourages the custodial parent to allow additional time for visitation with the child or children and they cannot use that is any modification hearing in the future against you. Usually the parties share the travel expense and your facts show that you are following the intent of the law and you should not worry about the non custodial parent trying to use your past actions against you.
Doak Willis' answer You didn't ask a question. If you were wondering what you should do to get your children's custody returned to you then you would need to hire a good attorney to bring a modification of the Decree if indeed the facts surrounding your case rise to the legal threshold for a modification.
Doak Willis' answer The child's parents are responsible for the medical and dental bills for their child. If divorced, the child support guidelines are used to determine the percentages and amounts that the parents are to be responsible for when the child incurs charges.
Doak Willis' answer Unless the attorney agreed to accept service for his client you must first serve the defendant personally and not the attorney. If the attorney agreed to the service, you should file a motion for default judgment and get an order for hearing date set and file it with the motion and serve it on the attorney. If they don't show for that hearing, you will win by default.
Pete David Louden's answer If the children have been living with you and wish to stay in your home the process would be to modify your order. After reviewing your case an attorney can tell you how to get this done and your chance of success.
Doak Willis' answer Yes. If the order states he is to pay child support until she is graduated from High School or up to 19 years of age and he quit before that time you can get an order for an the back due child support plus interest until it is paid.
Doak Willis' answer Immediately hire you an attorney who practices guardianship law and family law. Emergency guardianship may be hard to get by them unless they can show your children are in imminent danger to their health, safety, or possible death.
Doak Willis' answer You would need to have your motion to modify along with an order for hearing for the Judge assigned to the case to sign and give it a date for hearing. Once that is done, the motion and order for hearing are filed in the Court Clerks office and a copy of each of those documents is then served personally upon the other party.
Pete David Louden's answer The preference of the children could be considered by the court and the boyfriend could try to file a guardianship. To get a guardianship over a parent the court would have to find the parent unfit. Cases like this are fact dependant and really cant be fully addressed in this format. To get a reliable answer contact an attorney and discuss in detail all the fine points of the situation and then they can give you an opinion.
Pete David Louden's answer This sounds like you may have tried to represent yourself without an attorney. Best possible thing you can do is hire an attorney now so that they can help you. Use the find a lawyer feature on avvo and you can select from many highly qualified lawyers.
Gary Johnston Dean's answer No under the facts you have given, without first going to court. You should consult an experienced Family Law Attorney, in your area to help you obtain legal custody as their Guardian.
Gary Johnston Dean's answer From the details you gave in your question, it appears that you have eliminated the reason for termination of your rights. But PLEASE Don't have a child until you are in a long term stable relationship, and are married, and no longer use marijuana without a very good medical reason, and a doctors Rx if you continue. It's too early to tell what position DHS will take on it without a Rx.
Reece B. Morrel Jr's answer I have worked on several of these cases in the past. Usually, the Judges do a fairly good job of making their instructions clear. If not, the Judge gets to see the case again. Not something they are anxious to do.
If it is not clear, I would have your wife's lawyer contact the ex-husband's lawyer to 1.) clarify or 2.) agree to a schedule. If the ex-husband fails to cooperate and insists on claiming the son every year, then it may be worthwhile to have a conversation with your wife's...
Pete David Louden's answer There is no way to know the likely outcome without knowing all of the background and facts. She should have an attorney. That attorney would be in the best position to answer this question as they know all the details if the case.
Pete David Louden's answer I think the only person that can explain the conflict, time line, and circumstances is that attorney. The silver lining is you now have the opportunity to hire an attorney that wants to help you.
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