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Without a court or legal documents, can my kids be kept away
without a court or legal documents, can my kids be kept away from me? I am told that I failed to protect my children due to something I didn't know about. My husband is no longer here, who is the alleged perpertrator. Nothing was found with my other three children (just my oldest) and the investigation should have ended yesterday and now extending it. Now, they are allowed to go on vacation eight hours away where I can't do my okayed supervised visits. I cannot be around my mom and step-dad for long periods of time due to my health who are taking them. I have talked to two lawyers stating yes, my rights are being trampled on and there is nothing I can do due to the powerful CPS and even if they are wrong, I can do nothing. My step-dad is way too volatile and have yelled at my children for no reason and this coming from my son. He has physically threatened my husband when he was here where I felt afraid for my own safety. I am being told because it is a cps investigation, they cannot be removed, no matter how bad it is even though there are other places they can go. I still technically have my parental right and no actual charges have been filed, but told not to go against cps no matter if they are wrong. A friend told me to try here...
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I have a restraining order against my ex-girlfriend here in
I have a restraining order against my ex-girlfriend here in Georgia. During the hearing last week, she told the court that she was going to be contacting family services because she felt like I had contacted them on her. She had made several false allegations against me during the hearing and they were all dismissed by the judge because she could not provide burden of proof. She even had her kids provide testimony to the allegations and through discussion, the judge discovered through her kids admission that their testimonies had been "coached". A few days later my ex-wife had gotten a phone call from family services that they would be coming by to talk. Allegations were made to family services that there was domestic violence in my ex-wife's home between she and her husband, which there are absolutely none of. We all sat down and talked with the family services worker, I explained to her what I had just went through with my ex and demonstrated to her that my ex is simply just trying to cause problems. We are waiting for family services to conduct their process and receive the allegation dismissal letter from them. Is there anything that we can do to protect ourselves from the harassment and libel that my ex is doing? I know that we can pursue her in court for libel in a civil matter but what we really want is for a criminal judge to threaten her with a jail sentence in hopes that will catch her attention and get on with her life.What are your thoughts for the best course of action?
I need to file custody and I need to know how to go about
I need to file for emergency custody and I need to know how to go about thatJA: Because laws vary from state to state, could you tell me what state is this in?Customer: iowaJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: No I have not.JA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: I took my daughter to the doctor yesterday. The doctor was asking her some questions and my daughter said that her mother has been leaving her at home alone while she goes to work. The mother barely feeds my daughter. Her siblings who live with their dad have said that she is very neglectful, that she allows my daughter who is 7 to go out and play in her pool unsupervised. She lets her run around the trailer court in which they live in unsupervised and there is a big pond in this trailer court where clearly there are signs posted that say children under the age of 13 must have adult supervision.JA: Since laws vary from place to place, what state is this in?Customer: Iowa
16 year old male. Born in Philadelphia. Has me, s maternal
16 year old male. Born in Philadelphia. Has me, his maternal grandmother, and aunt as legal guardian. He had lived with me, but I sent him back to PA a year ago, as he was not cooperating. He refused to go to school, even refused cyber school. DHS then removed him from his grandmother's home. He ran away from foster care. There is now a warrant for his arrest. He and his grandmother must appear in court 8/23rd, or they may both be arrested. I am in Oregon, he and biological family are in PA. I wanted to know if there is a way to make this potential arrest action be dropped; I want to know if he could become a ward of the state of OR, where possibly I can utilize their resources. Even if the agreement would include an ankle bracelet to keep track of him. Please advise. It is a mess.
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Divorce decree shows I have full custody, ex is to have
Divorce decree shows I have full custody, ex is to have visitation 1st, 3rd, and 5th weekend of the month. Says standard summer, but does not declare what that is (ex was not attempting to work on things during settlement, so summer visitation was never defined). I offered him 2 weeks in May (child is nine, has summer school) and his choice of 2 weeks in July for this year, in writing, attempting to be civil. His two weeks for July were to be done Sunday, however, he called me Tuesday and told me to "come get my lying child". ***** would not tell me what was wrong over the phone. When I got there he said child has been lying about being touched inappropriately, DHS was called by his mother-in-law, gag order had been placed so they couldn't call me, and they had to take her to be forensically questioned. He said they determined the child had been lying. He said her punishment was to go home for the rest of her time with him. So I brought her home. I contacted DHS, who said they do not place gag orders, contacted the women's center, who could not tell me if my child had been there or not, but did tell me to contact a deputy at the local sheriff's department. I contacted the deputy, who told me I need to come in to speak with him on Monday to get to the bottom of all this. The next day he texted and said "Have your lawyer draw up paperwork for me to sign over my rights and include that I DO NOT have to pay child support. I can't have the lies anymore." I contacted my lawyer, who is on vacation, and said she can handle things on Monday. She will be out of contact until then. Ex called later that night, asked if I had told child what he said, which I had not, and told me he wanted to ask her how it felt being lied to. I told him that would have been highly traumatic and that is not how you punish a child. He then told me he wanted her back on Thursday, and I said no because he had said that he wanted her back home for the rest of his time with her and I don't think its in her best interest to be with him right now if he feels that punishment such as that is appropriate. Then he said he wanted her back at least Friday because it says on the decree that it is his weekend. He told me if I didn't give her to him on Friday I'd be in contempt of court. He repeated texted me yesterday attempting to get me to take the child to him, claiming I had said yes and that he had a witness to that. I did not. I need to know if I'd be in contempt of court if I didn't take her to him tonight. I want to wait until I've spoken to the sheriff's deputy before I take the child back to her father for visitation, and I do not feel it is in the child's best interest to be around her father at this moment because of the punishment he wanted to coerce me into giving her. I am highly concerned that someone(s) are questioning my child with leading questions with the goal of getting her to say that someone on my side has been touching her inappropriately, with the ultimate goal of obtaining custody for him. And I can't get in touch with my lawyer because she is on vacation until Monday to make sure I wouldn't be in contempt of court for not taking the child to him for visitation this weekend, which would have been included in his two weeks in July, that the ex willfully gave up to punish his child yet states that I must give the child over because the decree itself declares that he gets the 1st, 3rd, and 5th weekends of the month.
I gave my parents guardianship of my son when we have 1 year
I gave my parents guardianship of my son when we have 1 year old in order to keep DHS out of a situation concerning my son's addict father. My son and I have lived with my parents this entire time. I have enrolled him in school as mother and my father has always been listed as well on the school forms. I put in for a resident affidavit living with my parents and have never had an issue with the school before.Last year I and a teacher had a conflict. Shortly there after, receive a letter challenging my rights as the "lawful" parent of my son. The school system now wants to cut me out and have my 82 year father provide the guardianship papers to them and not let me be a part of his schooling stating I do not have rights. Is this correct? The enrollment process states the parent or guardian may enroll. My parents and I have always done this together. Can the school deny me from enrolling him and having access?
My ex husband molested my 10 year old cousin. She cameView more family law questions
My ex husband molested my 10 year old cousin. She came forward after I announced to my family I was divorcing him. I have full custody of my two year old daughter and he has visitation rights. State police had true findings and he appealed and won because dhs didn't have testimony from my cousins counselor and he also lied in court and said we made it up due to custody issues. He's not even seen my daughter in 6 months. We have proof he lied and that he did know about the accusations before court. He even offered to sign his rights away if we'd leave him alone. He had restricted visitation because of the investigation and through a loop hole in my divorce degree he now has standard visitation rights because of the unsubstantiated finding. Can I have his rights removed? This is very scary and I'm terrified for my two year old daughter. She isn't old enough to know to tell or understand any of this. Him and his family have harassed the little girl that came forward. Our family is hurting and we want both of the girls safe.