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Thank you so much, this helps a lot. But, someone said to me

Thank you so much, this helps a lot. But, someone said to me that in Pennsylvania the law prevents one parent to take the children out from the state if one parent opposes. So, I want to make this clear, they live in Pennsylvania and we live in Montana, so she needs to take the children over the border of Pennsylvania in order for them to visit Montana. Is your previous answer still valid, that she really can bring the children to visit, without him?

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Lucy, Esq.

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My daughter in Raleigh,nc will not allow me to visit my

My daughter in Raleigh,nc will not allow me to visit my granddaughter in Raleigh,Is there an age where the granddaughter will have a say? She is 14 years old nowJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: NoJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: No

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Mr., I really appreciate all your help and want to continue

Hello Mr. Phillips,I really appreciate all your help and want to continue to use your services. I have more questions for you.Since we received temporary shared custody of our 3 y.o. son who has autism, he start having severe tantrums and aggression. We have 50/50 custody with alternated weeks.Also every time when I drop him off with his dad he says he doesn't want to be with him, cries and refuses to talk to him on FaceTime.I was calling our psychologist asking to write some recommendations on this matter but she said she is not sure she can advise on this situation and it should be court's decision :( She said she will write some letter but it takes her a while. I am not sure she is planning to do it. I feel like she doesn't want to get involved. At the same time she expressed concern about child abuse. I feel so helpless. It is clear that my son is suffering in this cruel arrangement.I asked my ex to modify schedule so that we can split him a few days per week but he refused to cooperate. He said we should follow court's order.Today I had FaceTime with our son and he was acting very quiet and sad. Ex tried to finish our conversation and told him to say "good bye" to me and our kid start crying and screaming asking to talk more to me. It is not the 1st time he is acting this way while he is with his dad.In the past week ex made the following violations:-took our son to non-emergency dr appt without notifying me and didn't let me attend, lied to me and said he is not going;-refused me FaceTime with our son - 2 time;-didn't let me have reasonable FaceTime with our son - was interrupting and arguing with me instead of letting me talk with the kid-didn't take our son to dr ordered speech therapy twice a week during his week and therapy provider cancelled 1 of their sessions bc it is their policy. Now we lost sessions and will have 1 session instead of 2.-ex admitted our son has tantrum every time he puts him to bed bc he lives him alone in the room and doesn't provide him comfort, doesn't sit next to him. Could this behavior qualify as child abuse?When we start separating in 2015 there were cases when ex was masturbating in the presence of our child (I have pictures) and left our son alone at home - dropped him off in the crib with cartoons and went to the gym (I have video of this). Is this too late to bring it up?Is it good idea to call police and report concerns re: child wellbeing based on these issues and ask them to check on ex?Now ex insists that I meet him for child drop off at police station even though court ordered bank as drop off location. He says if I won't cooperate he will bring police officer with him. He is trying to say that I make unfair accusations and he doesn't feel safe around me. Does he have the right to change drop off location without court order?Thank you!

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Phillips Esq.

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I have just received the decision on my Tennessee child

Hello. I have just received the decision on my Tennessee child dependency and neglect/severe abuse custody case. It was not in my favor. My father and stepmother petitioned for emergency custody almost 2 years ago. The case listed my then wife but now ex wife and I as the respondents. In the decision, the judge grouped as together for the one instance of abuse and the child dependency and neglect. The last 5 months of our 8 year marriage we went through rough times due to her several instances of marital unfaithfulness. She was arrested and convicted for domestic violence against me. Never was there any allegations in trial that I did anything. Yes, I should have left her sooner than I did. My mistake, I only found out about a couple of instances of abuse she did to my 2 children after the fact. Severe abuse was found based upon my wife admitting using meth the first 3 months of pregnancy. They will terminate my parental rights for that because they say that I was aware of her use and did nothing to stop her. 1) I was not with her for those 3 months, she left me for another guy. I was working out of town from where she was even living with the other guy. Even though we weren't dating, I came back for the first 2 prenatal checkups and she tested clean for drug use. She was in jail the last part of those 3 months, after she got out we got back together and I immediately moved her to Tennessee from Los Angeles to get her away from her druggy friends. And yes, I had used drugs on occassion with her before the pregnancy. That was the last time I've used drugs, my job does random drug tests and all have been clean. 2) This happened in California, but the case was in Tennessee. The states have different laws concerning drug use during pregnancy. Which law establishes jurisdiction? 3) This happened almost 10 years ago, my daughter is fine and has zero issues resulting from the meth use. The only instance of drug use since then was from my wife smoking weed in the corner of the yard because she was trying to hide it from me. I've been clean since.I need to appeal the trial and get a de novo trial. Is that a complicated process?I need to separate my ex and I as respondents in this new trial. Is this possible?I need to represent myself. I'm totally drained financially from this and can't afford an attorney. I have tons of evidence that I couldn't afford to pay my current attorney to go through and submit it. He thought he had enough evidence as it was.I live in California, can I hire a para legal to file my appeal. I only have 10 days from the decision date, so 8 days left to my understanding. I know that representing yourself if never a good idea and I don't want to be naive about things, sorry, I'm really between a rock and a hard spot though. Thanks so much for any advice you might have.

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Second opinion] My 14 y. old child was outside in a freezing

Second opinion] My 14 y. old child was outside in a freezing cold barefooted and wearing only a dance leotard for at least 30 min. during her high school fire drill/suspected elevator smoke. They were not allowed to take any clothes or shows. The teacher was fully dressed in a warm jacket, hat, gloves and hot coffee. Dancers feet were blue, some cut their feet and bleeding, crying and shivering, begging to go back in. School was not on fire. My daughter came home hysterical and is sick. Can I sue this school for child abuse, neglect...?JA: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: NYJA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: No. It happened today.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: They can ask questions.

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My kids father wants me to drop off the kids at his moms and

my kids father wants me to drop off the kids at his moms and his brother is living there and he is a pedophile. i feel uncomfortable about it. what should i doJA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.Customer: illinoisJA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: not thnot at i know ofJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: also we do have joint custody but he has placement. but the kids are not wanting to go back to him because he will be gone for at least 4 weeks or more, leaving them with his girlfriend and a friendthat she has been accused of toughing a little girl in 2005 2006 and i am also not too fond about. will i be able to keep them in my care until we get a court date or would that be considered kidnapping

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I have a new grandson that tested + for thc, state of

I have a new grandson that tested + for thc, state of Georgia. Looking for answers, looking for what happens next.JA: Because family law varies from state to state, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: GeorgiaJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: No

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To LegalGems: thank you. I've also heard from mixed info on

To LegalGems: thank you. I've also heard from mixed info on custody - the guide you linked me to says custody normally goes to one parent with visitation rights for the other, but I've heard elsewhere courts prefer joint custody. What do you think? Is GA different in this regard? I want to keep everything as same as possible for the kids and that would mean me having full physical custody and sharing legal custody (I think), if I have the terms right, and him having them a couple afternoons a week (visitation?). What do you think is reasonable to ask for? please let me know if I should start a new ticket for this question. Thanks.

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My niece is going into dcs custody I want her but my dad

My niece is going into dcs custody I want her but my dad lives with me and he had two dui and assult on record so dcs said I cant have her but she wants to live with me would a judge grant me custody if dcs wontJA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: TennesseeJA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: They have a meeting with dcs on tueday to go over what will go in front of judgeJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: She 12 and wants to live with me and my dad 65 and sick and not been in trouble in over 8 yrs if not longer

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