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I live in MA and have 4 children. I am divorced but my

Hi, I live in MA and have 4 children. I am divorced but my oldest has lived w me for over a year and my other 3 children want to live with me as well. Their mother can not hold a job down and just got released from a hospital for what she says was a nervous breakdown. At what point can the children decide who they want to live with?JA: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: MassachusettsJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: NoJA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: She claims I caused the nervous breakdown but its just an excuse.. Ive been gone for 8 years

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I have a question regarding legal custody when separated but

I have a question regarding legal custody when separated but not divorced in TennesseeJA: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: tennesseeJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: noJA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: Yes my spouse is currently on parole for felony homocide with 15 years left in his parole.

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I have made friends with a very nice undocumented immigrant.

I have made friends with a very nice young undocumented immigrant. She has been here 7 years and has an American born son that is 4 years old. Her ex husband lives in Atlanta and provides no financial or parental support but is very threatening of her with her current status, not even considering his own. I also understand that he was physically abusive to her in the past which led to their separation. That being said, all she has is a passport and a Mexican ID Card and wants to take her son back to Mexico to see her biological parents but the ex husband has threatened to contact authorities and report the child being taken without consent. There are no legal papers for custody but she does possess all of the child's documentation.What can she do to avoid further conflicts with this once abusive and absentee father?

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Please can you assist with my query - it has to do with

Please can you assist with my query - it has to do with family law and immigration law as well - not too sure, so I chose family law.My son, is from South Africa, and has been living and working in Miami, Florida for the past 3 years, and during that time he met...and married a woman, who is from Puerto Rico, but she is an American citizen.They got married approximately 18 months ago, and have just had their first child - the baby was born a week ago tomorrow.(He is in the process of obtaining his green card)On Sunday, when she was discharged from hospital with the baby - she informed my son, that her mom was taking her to stay, with the baby, at her ex-boyfriends house, seeing as her Dad who was visiting for the birth of the baby, was also staying there, and she also couldn't walk up the stairs to the apartment, her and my son stay in.She told my son that she would video call him, so he could see his son, while she was staying at her ex-boyfriends house - but to date that has not materialised.He has basically been told by her, that if he pressurises her at all, that she will take the baby and go back to Puerto Rico with her father.If and when my son can get to see the baby - then he isn't allowed in the house, she brings the baby to the car.She has also told my son, that if he puts any pressure on her, that she will have him deported and he will basically never see his son again.Logan (his son) is registered in my sons name.So my question is:- what legal rights does my son have with regards ***** ***** to his son?- can she have him deported, even though they are legally married, and he is the father of their child?- is what she did treated as dessertion?

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I am researching if my emailing an ex wife is considered

I am researching if my emailing an ex wife is considered harassment. Long story short, we have 4 of us on the chain, my current wife, my ex wife, ex wife's new husband. The reason for the email chain is ex and her husband want me to pay for extracurricular activities for two kids in common. We are willing to evenly split all costs for the kids in common, but will not do this if I am continued to be required to pay child support.JA: When we are ready I'll take you to the appropriate web page.Customer: How does this website work?JA: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: AZJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: No, we most recently went to court (March, 2016) for a support order modification. The biggest reason I was ordered to pay support was based on childcare costs she claimed to be paying. But when I provided the childcare receipts, it avgd $100mo and she was claiming to pay $500 mo. When we went to that court hearing I had counsel As did she.JA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: She did quit her job to be a stay at home mom and used that as a reason to ask for more support. But the judge imputed her with what she was making when she quit. But the email chain is what I am concerned with. I do not want to be charged with harassment because of my responses in email. Although I wasn't trying to harass her, I was trying to reason with her.

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I have a child custody case where Michigan is the home state

Hello. I have a child custody case where Michigan is the home state and Maryland has intervened with temporary Jurisdiction in-order to protect the child from child abuse. Michigan has ordered for the immediate return of the child in a hearing which I was never served for and was not present. Maryland has reaffirmed their temporary jurisdiction. The child is present in Maryland. I am not sure how to respond to michigan's orders to return the child?JA: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: Michigan home state and Maryland temporary jurisdiction.JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: Only legal aid at Maryland courts.JA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: Case has history of domestic violence and both children have been victims of the same while in the care of the parent in Michigan. Oldest child 17 diadnosed with PTSD and youngest child that is subject matter 13 diagnosed with major depression and adjustment order. Medical care for youngest child has been neglected and Michigan parent refuses to offer child medical care and administration of medication.

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My son's girlfriend is going through divorce proceedings,

My son's girlfriend is going through divorce proceedings, yet her husband remarried 5 years ago. Any penalties for that? He never paid child support, and their nearly 12 year old son doesn't want to see him anyway. He also used the boys social security number when he rented an apartment!!! The absolute best outcome would be him signing away his parental rights. They were going through Lincoln County for the divorce, but she needs help!JA: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: Washington stateJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: She hasn't yetJA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: I think that's a good start! lol. Thanks!

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I was issued a divorce judgement that will literally put me

I was issued a divorce judgement that will literally put me out in the street.Along with the division of assets the judge ordered payment support payment for over 8 years. I am basically living on a social security payment of $2100/month and I am ordered to pay $1700/month. After the liquidation of my savings I will not have money to live on even if I file bankruptcy.Can this judgement be appealed and if so can you help me find an appeals attorney.Thank you.

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I got served papers on Friday the 19th at 1600 when picking

I got served papers on Friday the 19th at 1600 when picking my son up from my ex-wife. I am to appear in court on Friday the 26th in the am for a contempt of court order for not paying child support (which is currently up to date) and not making payments to my ex-wife for a judgment she was awarded for $$ from my LLC operated business. I have contacted counsel and have been unable to retain him in time for court on Friday the 26th. What should I do?JA: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: NebraskaJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: I know who I would like to hire, but he is in the middle of a case and unable to see me before Friday.JA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: My business has been in debt since before our divorce and has not been able to make payments to my ex wife.

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