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I am having a court date tomorrow in divorce court in King's

Hi, I am having a court date tomorrow in divorce court in King's County NY Supreme court specifically to decide between joint custody and joint custody with final decision making to myself. I have been the sole parent for 10 years and my child's father is a good father though it would be extraordinary if he was involved in any decisions. He never has been and in the last 2 years has only seen her 8 times briefly. The judge threatened to hire a lawyer to represent my child at a high cost-I am representing myself for financial reasons. I wondered if there might be case law or if I should prepare a document or facts to represent these issues to the court.

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I am a grandparent who has not seen my grandson in 8mths, do

i am a grandparent who has not seen my grandson in 8mths, do i have any recourse against the custodial mother (not my child) regarding visitation.JA: Family law varies by state. What state are you in?Customer: miJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: noJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: my son lost his job and is no longer in the picture, he got behind in support, didnt appear at hearing regarding being behind, lost his license due to this issue so he wasn't able to pick up grandson and his finace at the time worked third shift, they had only one vehicle......we have all tried to see him or talk to him but mother will not allow it...

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Do I have the right to refuse a CPS agent to have a private

Do I have the right to refuse a CPS agent to have a private interview with my 6 year old daughter?JA: Family law varies by state. What state are you in?Customer: montanaJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: no we are looking for oneJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: no

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ALABAMA, NO, YES I HAVE A CUSTODY PROBLEM.I HAVE A SO THATS

MY NAME IS*****: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.Customer: ALABAMAJA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: NOJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: YES I HAVE A CUSTODY PROBLEM.I HAVE A SO THATS 15 YEARS OLD THATS BEEN IN HIS FATHERS CUSTODY.ON JAN 5, 2017 HE RELASED HIM TO GET OUT.TAKING STUFF HE BOUT EVEN HIS BASKETBALL UNIFORM.TOLD HIM IF HE COULDNT PLAY FOOT BALL THEN HE COULDNT PLAY BASKETBALL AND IF HE WAS CAUGHT ON FLOOR FRIDAY NIGHT THEN HE WAS GONE HAVE POLICE TO EXCORT HIM OFF FLOOR.AND I NEED TONO WHAT I NEED TO DO.

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I am maternal grandmother with custody of 6 yr old

I am maternal grandmother with custody of 6 yr old grandchild. I have had her for almost three years. Mom and dad never married. Dad mental and some physical abusive to mom and she brought child to me and went to myrtlebeach sc to get settled. dad filed for custody proved unfit however judge gave me physical custody and us joint legal. He sees about two to three weekends a month. File for child support he has not paid a cent. No drivers license, almost kicked out of home due to not paying rent documented in courts with landlord filing against him. Saw attorney in Roanoke va and he basically said would be hard for mom to get custody back with her living out of state. Child sees mom around school vacations has good relationship with mom and moms boyfriend. mom has car nice home with room for child set up and wants child back. Momperfectly able to take care of child and it's sad she can't just because a looser dad in the picture in the state where child has lived. He has roommate in two bedroom home male who lives in unfinished basement. Not a healthy environment for little girl. Any suggestions on how to get this child with mother. Was just discouraged when attorney said it would be very hard. He has made no improvements in his situation in three years. No car due to not paying cash for another child. Tattoo artist takes child to shop all the time. Has to walk to get food about 3 blocks due to no drivers license.

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I have a dilemma. Our son is 16 years old, we live in state

Good morning , I have a dilemma . Our son is 16 years old, we live in Washington state and his father has moved to San Francisco . He has lived there going on 4 years and has now decided that he wants to excercise the parenting plan that was written in 2004. The parenting plan has him visiting every other weekend with receiving parent picking up. Our travel costs are split 73% him and 23% me. He contacted me at 4am this morning to inform me that he has purchased our sins ticket to visit and I am to supply the ticket home. What are my legal rights for this coming weekend. I should mention that these flights are approx 6 hrs, if there are no delays. I feel this will be disruptive to our son and his schooling to be spending at least 1/4 of his trip commuting thank you

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I want to take my ex to court for primary custody of our

I want to take my ex to court for primary custody of our child. We currently have joint. The reason behind this is that might move in a few years and our daughter needs stability. I want to ensure I have a shot before I involve our daughter in the court mess. Unfortunately, the only thing I have is that my ex suffers from a narcisstic disorder so it is very difficult to prove this in court. This is what I have so far:School: has been late 11 times within a 30 day period. Homework log is never signed saying Summer(daughter) completed work. Never paid $300 in daycare fees so I paid for it even though I never used daycare and she gets child support with daycare included.Misc: Never remained consistent with bringing out daughter to her Soccer or Ballet classes because Summer didn't feel like it. Wouldn't sign her up for ballet or support ballet for our daughter so I had to work with the ballet to change days for when I have my daughter and pay for it even though her mother argued that day of performance she dressed our daughter cause she is the mother.Stability: her mother gives me a two extra days of the week cause it helps her out with school. But whenever she is mad she takes that time away causing inconsistency for our daughter. Not to mention homework never gets completed correctly or even done during that time period. She recently moved out of her bfs house with three other adults where our 5 year daughter slept in same room as her and her bf for four years. Now she lives in a new apartment but involves our daughter in her problems. She wants to break up with her bf but can't cause his name is ***** ***** lease so she stays with him but constantly tells our daughter "we hate nick." When she had my daughter call that man dad for four years and it started after two months of knowing him.Relationship: my ex never works with me. She will demand things her way and if she doesn't get it she calls me all sorts of names including making threats. I do have texts. She never works with me. I even have texts from her saying she wants to make my life difficult in purpose.Slander: she has ruined my reputation to friends and her family by accusing me of all sorts of things that are not true through messages and social media.Health: it is my ex responsibility to take care of medical and dental for our daughter and I asked her three times to take Summer to the doctors and she didn't. So I finally took her and then told her what the doctor said during the physical. She yelled at me and accused me of hurting our child because she just took her to the doctors and she received the same shots. I got worried naturally, so called her doctor who informed me they had not seen summer in two years.I even had to take Summer to the dentist recently after asking Sam to please take her couple times.Is there anyway this could help me win in court because to be honest, I DO NOT feel comfortable or at ease knowing our daughter might be spending everyday for few months with my ex especially during school. Her mother isn't physically abusive but she is definitely hurting our child.

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I need help. My niece is 14 years old. We live in Houston

Hi Pearl, I need help. My niece is 14 years old. We live in Houston Texas. She does not want her baby, and wants me to adopt her. Baby is expected to be here on Feb. 17, 2017. What steps can I take now since the baby is not here yet? Also my sister and niece are both willing to sign over rights, and they do not know who the father isJA: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: Houston, TexasJA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: not yetJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: no ma am.

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Question: My husband is the non-custodial parent but his

Question:My husband is the non-custodial parent but his son's mom is ordered to provide health insurance. We are able to provide health and dental insurance and want to. Can we stilladd him to our plan?Additional Information:The mom "strictly forbids" us from adding him to our insurance and says we have to have her permission to do so. She stated: "I have 100% custody over Christopher's medical care and decision-making" so we can't put him on our plan because it's "against her wishes." Our health plan is one of the most competitive packages in our area and it doesn't cost us anything additional to add him. I don't understand why you wouldn't want your child to have additional coverage. We don't claim him on taxes and have no intention on fighting for that. We just want to provide for him however we can.We already added him because we only had a short window to do so during open enrollment but I don't want to get in trouble if it was something we weren't supposed to do legally. Our reasoning was, what judge would say no to a child having more health insurance?

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