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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Maryland on
Q: Do I need permission from my ex-wife to get my kids covid tested.

I have 50/50 joint custody and my ex is anti-vax and anti covid-19 testing. I want to take my kids to a convention this weekend that requires testing and so I ran it by the kids first, with the intent to ask her after I talked to them. One of the kids told her before I had a chance and now... Read more »

Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley answered on Oct 19, 2021

Is there a court order or judgment in place awarding one of you sole residential custody, or sole or final say in major medical decisions, or do you have shared custody or to you share those decisions equally? Is there a custody agreement in place that addresses the issue? You need to review your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death for Florida on
Q: My father is in ICU in Orlando FL due to covid. He has been in ICU and on a ventilator since 8/28. He has a DNR, but n

But no living will or advance directive. They took him off sedation 3 days ago, and have called us to tell us he has lesions on his brain and that they “believe” he’s brain dead. But when asked the doctor cannot say for certain he sees brain damage. Today is Sunday 9/26. They want us to agree... Read more »

Linda Liang
Linda Liang answered on Sep 27, 2021

It depends on whether your father designated health care surrogate or proxy. If he did not, the law provides a pecking order of person to make decision on his behalf. The first on the order is court appointed person, followed by the spouse. If you have reason to believe that your step mother is not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: My daughter's father has tested positive for covid. Our daughter and myself have both tested negative.

She was/is with him for his time according to our shared parenting plan. He is refusing to allow me to pick up our daughter. Can I take her against his wishes and can I refuse visitation with him due to his positive covid result (

Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq answered on Sep 26, 2021

Generally, the Courts are not requiring parents to relinquish parenting time due to a positive COVID test. Has your daughter been vaccinated or is she too young? Does she have any health conditions? Is he wearing a mask, having her do so, and keeping distance?

You might see if her...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Illinois on
Q: Father of 10yr old and share 50/50 custody. Me and his mother disagree about the dangers of corona

I have given up going to what I’d consider high risk places long ago, never do I go anywhere without wearing a mask as additional protection for my own protection and my sons. The mother sees no issue going to bars, events etc. that I consider high risk without a face mask. Im concerned this is... Read more »

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko answered on Sep 21, 2021

It is a difficult situation.

You cannot compel another parent to use the same level of seemingly reasonable to you precautions to protect your 10 year old son.

Also, a 72 hours "quarantine" will not assure that the son will not get exposed to any Corona strain as...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Massachusetts on
Q: My mother has court ordered visits of one of my daughters, with the rise of Covid again, I'm not comfortable with it

They have 2 grown children who also live in MA and visit them almost daily, but my mother lives in RI. They aren't cautious, but I don't want to be held in contempt. I've offered video calls and outdoor visits, they won't budge. How do I keep my foot down?

Kimberly Erwin
Kimberly Erwin answered on Sep 12, 2021

I don’t know that you can. If the court order was entered after the start of the pandemic, you most likely need to allow visits. If it was entered previous to the pandemic, I would suggest requesting masks (as well as your other requests) be worn in writing. If they refuse, I would document the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: Can I request a bank statement to show the judge how my ex-husband was able to pay his bills?

My ex-husband filed child support modification due to a job loss, after COVID his company closed, my ex has an engineering degree, 12 y exp, judge ordered him to look for a job we had a court in June before the final hearing. My ex still can't find a job, he’s been out of work for almost a... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Aug 30, 2021

It's possible to subpeona bank records so you can track spending and income. There isn't an easy way to explain the process. You have to issues the subpoenas, give notice to the other side and also know how to get them into evidence.

You should probably hire an attorney to assist you.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Florida on
Q: If me and my husband are only seperated, can i stop him from seeing our child because he is not vaccinated?

I fear for my 14 month old baby's life, my seperated husband refuses the covid vaccine and if he gets covid, he's putting my baby's life at risk. Can i stop him from seeing my baby unless he gets the vaccine?

Nicole Vette
Nicole Vette answered on Aug 26, 2021

If you disagree on time-sharing you need to file for divorce and ask for the court to order a parenting plan inclusive of a time-sharing schedule. I have never seen the court limit a parent's contact over not having the vaccine and do not think that is a likely outcome absent an extraordinary... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for New Jersey on
Q: I have a 16 yr old granddaughter whom was living with her mother in GA. Her mom kicked her out and sent her to her fathe

To NJ. Granddaughter wants to live with father. Mother refused to send docs to father. As her maternal grandmother can I ask the court for a law guardian for my Granddaughter. Father can't get birth certificate, his name isn't on it. My daughter wants her daughter to live hard. Job corps... Read more »

Teresa L. Reichek
Teresa L. Reichek answered on Aug 23, 2021

Thank you for your question. I am so sorry that you and your granddaughter have to go through this stressful time.

The most direct answer is you can file a grandparents rights application and request formal custody of your granddaughter. Then the court can order your daughter to turn over...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for California on
Q: Dad tested positive for COVID. My daughter is negative. We are 50/50. He wont negotiate his time. What can I do?

We are one week on/off. He wants to pick her up even though his whole household tested positive. She is negative and I don’t want her to get sick. I told him I would give him back his time or use vacation days while I have her till his family gets a negative Covid test. He won’t have any of it... Read more »

Paramprit Bindra
Paramprit Bindra answered on Aug 5, 2021

1. Try talking to the father again.

2. You may file a Request for Temporary Emergency (EX Parte) Orders and ask that no visitation to Father.

3. Depending on which county you live in you may consider filing a good cause report, but usually filing one requires immediate threat of...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Whats the process to file a motion acting as my own lawyer?? This is for family court for my sons mother to follow order

His mother has neglected to inform me of my sons address, doctors and their locations, school etc for years. The last overnight I had with him was March 10th 2020, upon covid I hadn't seen him till June 27th 2021

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond answered on Aug 5, 2021

This is not a simple enforcement application and therefore I suggest that filing an application on your own will be a mistake. Under the court rules, your certification ( your testimony) in support of your application can be up to 25 pages separate from all of the attachments ( exhibits) to your... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: Can the other parent restrict the other from visitation based on awaiting Covid results? Court appointed
Michael D. Birchmore
Michael D. Birchmore answered on Jul 30, 2021

The best response I can provide would be to tell you -- it depends. The law in general is always going to boil down to precisely what has happened and precisely what has occurred in court and precisely what court rulings have been made. Your question assumes that a "yes" or... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Can I petition for custody of my grandson? Or at least try to get visitations established thru the court?

I had been raising my 6 1/2 grandson all his life. 100% by myself for the past 5 years with no help from his mother(my daughter) or his dad. 3 weeks ago his father showed up with his name finally on the B.C. & they also called DCF making outrageous false allegations concerning my 16yo son. The... Read more »

Camila Martin
Camila Martin answered on Jul 29, 2021

You should consult with an attorney that can assist you after getting more information on your particular case. You could file a Petition for Temporary Custody by Extended Family in Family Court where a Judge will make a determination on whether or not it is in the child's best interest that... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Is it possible for a grandparent to get custody of grandchild if for 6 years they were the ones taking caring him?

I have a 6 1/2 yo grandson I have been caring for and supporting all his life. About 3 weeks ago his father showed up to my door with DCF and with his birth certificate. I was told I had to let him go with his father even though the child doesnt even know him. For the past 3 weeks I have been... Read more »

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Jul 28, 2021

In family court (sounds like paternity in your case) there are no provisions for grandparent visitation. The only way that you might be able to pursue this is through dependency court. Look for a family attorney who specializes in dependency in your area that might give you a free or low cost... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for New York on
Q: I was told I voluntarily left a higher paying job, for a lower paying one to avoid higher support.

I left this higher paying job due to the stress levels and hardships of being understaffed and working mandatory overtime. This job was a new experience to me. I held on for 2 years, until COVID hit, we lost many workers, but kept the same workload. I was approved of a promotion that I didn’t... Read more »

Howard E. Knispel
Howard E. Knispel answered on Jul 17, 2021

You can not voluntarily leave a higher paying job, for a lower paying job and expect a decrease in child support. Your income will be imputed based on your capability to earn, not your current earning. That is the law.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Support and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: In Michigan, Does child support start at birth, or when paternity is established, or when the paperwork gets filed?

I am Canadian, my son's father is American. Support is being handled in Michigan, and custody in Ontario. Friend of the court said it's only valid from the time filed. So essentially, he's absolved of his parental responsibilities for the first 12 months of his life? When the... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jul 12, 2021

Support would go back to when the action is filed; birth expenses - if the state paid for it, are separate and in addition to support.

The family courts mostly continued through COVID. Even if your particular court could not conduct a hearing - most made the transition to ZOOM hearings...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Arizona on
Q: child suport case start over twenty years ago in ND who has no statue of limitations and I move to SD with no max

SD has no max so is my diver license safe?

Also are there covid laws in SD to protect my license?

Stephen M Vincent
Stephen M Vincent answered on Jun 10, 2021

You asked this question to Arizona, where it seems like you intended to ask for South Dakota.

If you intended Arizona, North Dakota could ask AZ to enforce. AZ does not have a Statute of Limitations for enforcing child support, and losing your drivers license is a potential consequence in AZ.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for New York on
Q: My ex wants downward modification on child support- feels too much is being taken from his unemployment benefit.

My ex and I have been going back and forth to court in NYS for over 8 years. Last year, a magistrate ordered a 750$ monthly obligation and awarded me 14K in arrears due to non-payment. My ex was found in violation for chronic non-payment of a previous support order, and I was also issued a 5K money... Read more »

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Jun 1, 2021

That he feels that $800 a moth is too much is not a basis for a modification. Additionally, you can point out that at least part of that is payments for arrears and that cannot be changed.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for New York on
Q: Is it possible for an incarcerated father to get court ordered visitation? No paternity has been established

It’s not safe to bring my 1 year old to a jail with the virus going on. He’s threatening to take me to court if I don’t bring my child there.

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Jun 1, 2021

It is possible to get visitation in a prison. However, your first problem is to establish paternity. Without paternity being established the courts will not order any type of visitation or contact.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Divorce for Nevada on
Q: As a witness in family court, can I listen to other witnesses before I give my testimony. I want them to know I’m listen

I want other witnesses to see me there listening. Not to change my own testimony or get the story straight. I feel I have the legal right to since it’s public

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Apr 29, 2021

It has been my experience, prior to COVID, that it was really up to the individual judges if they allowed the witnesses all in the courtroom at the same time. most of the time I found that it was one witness in the courtroom at one time. Since COVID, most appearances are virtual and processes are... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Alaska on
Q: My kids were homeschooled by both parents in our separate homes this year. I can't make this accommodation next year.

Our divorce began as COVID 19 started. My ex. and I pulled the kids from in person learning as the schools COVID rates were sorted out. Fast forward to now, we have 1 case every few weeks in our small rural Alaskan village and the school has implemented an effective mitigation plan keeping kids... Read more »

Phyllis Shepherd
Phyllis Shepherd answered on Apr 28, 2021

I will assume that you do not have a court order granting either parent sole legal custody. Assuming both of you are equally good parents, courts prefer that equally good parents cooperate for the best interests of the children. Pediatricians and other health care professionals recognize the... Read more »

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