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This has been an ongoing issue 3 years now. We made up this

This has been an ongoing issue for approximately 3 years now. We made up this mutual schedule in 2013 when my son started having problems in school and socially due to the inconsistency. It seemed to go well for approximately 2 years when he had a steady girlfriend but then that ended and he began to not follow the agreement or will send him other places during his time with our son. He now is working so much that our son stays with his aunt during every weekend he is to be there. His dad lives in a garage and does not have a place of his own. He is not involved in any aspect of his life when it comes to legal issues or school issues. He has resorted to to calling me human garbage, a horrible person and will continue to reap what i sow and deserve everything I get, also that I am filling my sons head with negative ideas about their relationship, etc.He does already currently have a child support and is named the father on the birth certificate but no legal document for custody, parenting time or visitation.It will not hurt me long term if I dont make him go to his dads then?

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If my daughter's father is not mentioned on the birth

If my daughter's father is not mentioned on the birth certificate and has never established parentage, and yet I know that he is certainly her father and that my daughter and her father have a established an occasional father daughter relationship when he calls to see her every 3 months or so, could I have any legal problems for myself by moving my daughter out of state ?Also can a grandfather establish parentage by estoppel?

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Complex question, complex case. ILLINOIS Here goes. Though

Complex question, complex case. ILLINOISHere goes.Though this occurs in Family Court (Parentage Case in Chicago), the central issue is conflict of interests/disqualification of opposing firm.Facts:My daughters are 22 and 23, and I have been in litigation for the last 6 years in Chicago with my ex (ex-girlfriend) which has a horribly inefficient system for some 60 appearances. She has a severe personality disorder, and has hired and fired 5 different law firms, all citing irreconcilable differences, each new one needing several months to catch up. She has filed 7 Emergency Petitions to Delay final hearing over the last 5 years. I have not filed one. The issues are regarding essentially 4 petitions to adjudicate modification of child support when my daughter turned 18 (which I filed 6 years ago and still never adjudicated), splitting of private tuition, filed Rule to Show Causes claiming I didn't contribute half of extracurricular and medical expenses. In Spring of last year, she hired her latest firm, who immediately filed to delay yet again and filed for Interrim Fees of 15,000. I was infuriated as she had fired her last set of attorneys after receiving pretrial recommendations from the judge at the Fourth scheduled "Final Hearing on all issues", delaying once again a final outcome. In fall of 2014, me begging for years for hearing, we started hearing the issues sporadically. I am Pro Se. Pretty much 80% of the case or better has been heard. The last one is Medical, which is a bit complicated, but this case is almost done. And I don't think I fare badly on the outcome on the numbers. ENTER THE NEW ISSUE. I've come to find out recently that my former attorney whom I retained on our initial 6 year litigation blitz from 1999-2006 (until a Parenting Agreement and Financial Order was put in place) is Principle in the opposing law firm as of mid April, 2014. The firm has 12 lawyers, 4 are principles. My opposing council is a Partner as of recent. They have never notified me. And have been completely unscrupulous in their litigation (eg, removing an accounting document from their pleading that showed I paid 6,000 to child support for a period they claimed none was received, while arguing Contempt, purge, and asking for attorney fees). Today I went before the judge and informed him. He simply said, I'll give you until tomorrow to decide if you are proceeding on this hearing (we are almost done, 1 day might finish it) in which case you will sign a waiver to exonerate them from past and forward, or that you will be filing a motion to disqualify them. He seemed to insinuate that I cannot disqualify them for the coming last hearing only (Medical), that it would be all (retroactive) or none. I am at a loss as to if this means, that by winning the disqualification, that the whole thing (several hearings the last 8 months, and 6 years waiting to get there with the State threatening me on child support that is falsely accounted) will get thrown out for a redo? This seems highly punitive of me, when the law firm should be the one sanctioned. I've spoken to a several attorneys, a couple who thought such a motion might disqualify them further, but might not prevent them from getting fees. The others seemed quite certain they could collect, that the standard is high, citing a case law in one instance that wiped out attorney fees just for a consultation with opposition, not even retained. This firm has ran up huge legal fees, and are hoping I pay them. The judge, though he's heard most all the pleadings, has ruled on none of them (including Interrim fee petition). I think he was waiting to see who was at fault in all this mess. I am interested obviously in wiping out the chance of them getting any fees from me vs. this filing for disqualification based on conflict of interests, but if it will mean starting over, I don't know that I can do that. Seems strange to me that instead they would not throw them off the case, disgorge the fees, and just set a final date on Medical with a new attorney. If I have to redo the case, there will be attorney costs again, time, stress, etc, . One attorney suggests I file it, and that if the judge says he's going to rule to throw the whole thing out for a redo with another judge (he's sick of this case), to then just withdraw it, saying, if ur going to do that Your Honor, I'll sign the waiver and finish. Right now I know that law firm is sweating this situation---they wouldn't be able to collect fees from me nor their client I believe. So I am in a good negotiating position, but not really because my ex won't settle anything. I have a tough decision. Most of it is really financial. What's my best play and why?

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Greetings, I am currently living in Costa Rica with my son,

Greetings, I am currently living in Costa Rica with my son, and for the last 8 years, his mother and I have shared custody based on verbal agreements. Things have recently shifted and i am being villainized by her family, and I believe they are scheming to take control of my son's future. I was scheduled to bring him home this weekend, but they have not responded to my need to have a clear schedule of custody sharing, and my fear is that once I return him, they will start legal action that would keep him in their possession. I want to know my rights in this matter, are you available for a consultation by phone or skype since I am not in the country.

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Are you online? : Am I able to ask a legal question here

Hi Pearl are you online?JA: No. I'm the Family Lawyer's Assistant.Customer: Am I able to ask a legal question here about some papers I received today? It's regarding child support and visitationJA: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: TexasJA: Have you consulted a lawyer yet?Customer: No I haven't.JA: Please give me a bit more information, so we can help you best.Customer: I'm a mother to a 1 and a half year old and I am getting married next week to the man who has been in her life since she was 1 month old as her father figure. We had been planning for him to adopt her. My daughter is on Medicaid and her father this far has been listed as unknown as he hasn't been in her life since I told him about my pregnancy. The attorney general office recently got his information and attempted to start him on child support by setting up a mediation. He didn't show up to the mediation and I told them that I didn't care for child support or visitation to be established when he has no desire to become her legal father. My fiancée and I are going to be in the process of having her taken off of medicaid and put on his work insurance when his benefits kick in, so really we will have no reason to be reliable to my ex for money as we are self sufficient. Well a few weeks ago we got a letter in the mail saying " the office of the attorney general determined that the issuance of an order through the child support review process is not appropriate at this time. This does not affect the right of the office of the attorney general or any party to request other remedies as provided by law. If you have an existing child support order, it remains in effect until further order by the court." ( we don't have one)JA: Is there anything else important you think the Family Lawyer should know?Customer: I took this to mean that the court was going to dropen the case. But then today I got served a letter that stated this: "jurisdiction. No court has continuing jurisdiction of this suit or of the child subject this suit. There are no court ordered conservatorships, guardianships, or other court ordered relationships affecting the child the subject of this suit" there was a bunch of other things in the papers I received that made me believe that we will be going to court such as conservatorships, determination of parentage, name change, support, withholding earnings for support, and request for production of documents. I'm just unclear on whether the court will be pursuing my ex for support and to grant him visitation or If this letter is stating we will not be continuing.JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Family Lawyer about your situation and then connect you two.

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I live in Iowa. My son lived with my wife and I years but

I live in Iowa. My son lived with my wife and I for 15 years but was never adopted. He is 24 years old now and would like us to adopt him and that is great with us. He will then take our last name. What are the steps to follow to accomplish this?Also, he and his ex girlfriend have a child together and our son is named as father on the birth certificate. Their daughter also bears the last name of my son rather than that of the mother. Will his daughters last name change when the name of my son changes or what do we have to do to see that happen?

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Am I able to get child support first three and a half

Am I able to get child support for the first three and a half years of my child's life (when I had no / nor sought an order previously) from a father who was in my son's life from birth through the first 5 months of his life, disappeared, and now recently has had a DNA test through DCFS, confirming he is the father? If so, what form and in which Court would I need to file in? I am referring to years past, not moving forward.Thank you very much.Nichole

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There, I have a son. He is 4 months old. The mom and

Hi there,I have a son. He is 4 months old. The mom and I aren't together (have never been married) but as far as I'm concerned on good terms. I paid child support myself this month and have been paying medical insurance since he was born although no orders are in place yet. Her attorney sent some papers to establish parentage with some temporary orders. The orders were fine except I disagreed with the visitation schedule so I got a lawyer of my own. We have a court day set for 05/11 if needed. I have attempted to work out some fair visitation with her and her lawyer but we couldn't come to an agreement. My lawyer said that he sent over some revised orders (that we came up with) along with calculated child support, but the mom and her attorney said they have not received anything. I called my lawyer back and he said he just got off the phone with her lawyer and that her lawyer said he was waiting on my son's mom to agree/disagree. So I called her lawyer myself and they again told me they haven't received anything. My son's mom also said she hasn't heard anything. Someone isn't being forthright here and frankly I am confused. As I understand it, the process for this in court is pretty standard. Should I fire my attorney to avoid additional waste of money if he is in fact lying to me or does this have repercussions in itself? If not, what should I do?

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My name is ***** ***** I just need a legal advice to help my

Hi my name is ***** ***** I just need a legal advice to help my wife and our daughter with their situation. When i came in my wife's life she is already pregnant and the biological father was no where to be found. Apparently as soon as he found out that Cherry was pregnant, he told her that he already have a family and literally he disappeared. I married Cherry, took care of our daughter(she is now seven) and brought them both here in Washington state. We actually have another child (2 yrs old).Can we change her last name to ours so she won't feel she is different. The biological father is not in her birth certificate and our daughter is using her mom's maiden name. We tried to change her last name through the local district court but we were told that she needs to contact the biological father to get his signature. My wife is under so much emotional stress and told me that she will never ask help from that guy.I would really appreciate any legal advice. Thank you in advance...All this happened in the Philippines by the way.

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