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I have lived in the state of years with my 2 children since

I have lived in the state of Ky for 10 years with my 2 children since my divorce which took place in Georgia. The move was part of the divorce agreement. The children's father (my ex) wants to modify the child support agreement due to a reduction in his salary due to a drop in oil prices ( he works on a drill rig) and to include reductions for the time the children spend with him or if he has to travel to visit them during the school year. the children are currently with him and he will not pay the current support when they are with him. Am I responsible for his attorneys fees? Do I need an attorney? and in which state is this handled?

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I'm 16 years old, 17 on August 29th, in South Carolina. My

Hi, I'm 16 years old, 17 on August 29th, in South Carolina. My mother took in my boyfriend in early August of 2015, when I was still 15. She cared for him, being that at the time he had nowhere to go. She has just recently kicked him out. But I am pregnant. I want to be with the father of my baby, for him to help support me and the baby and so that my baby has both parents, not just one at a time, but my mother won't let me see him at all. I have wanted to go up and visit his family but I cannot because of my mom, and I don't want to do it behind her back, partially because of legal consequences, if there is any. I have read that it is not an offense to "run away" persay at 17 in SC, and that police cannot bring me home, but she can file a lawsuit against his family for harboring a minor? I want to be with him, because I'm looking out for the baby to have both parents, and I love him of course and don't want to be separated. How can I legally get my mom to let me live with him and his dad and sisters? They have an extra bedroom, and at my house, there is 2 bedrooms for me and 3 other kids. The 3 other kids share one bedroom with one twin bed they all sleep on. I cannot raise a baby by myself there in such a crowded space, and at his dad's I have a guy who will support me, his family will also support me, and we have our own room there. I just want to know what I can legally do when I turn 17. If I can go to his dad's house, without having to necessarily come back to my moms house? Or if I can marry him, his parents would approve, my mom I'm not too sure. Please help, I need to know what I can do!JA: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: SCJA: Have you consulted a lawyer yet?Customer: NoJA: Is there anything else the Family Lawyer should be aware of?Customer: NoJA: 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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29 YEAR OLD MALE WHO TRAVELED TO EL SALVADOR TO VISIT MY

HI IM A 29 YEAR OLD YOUNG MALE WHO TRAVELED TO EL SALVADOR TO VISIT MY GIRLFRIEND SHES FROM NICARAGUA SHES 17 AND WILL BE 18 THIS FEBRUARY I HAD SEXUAL RELATIONS WITH HER AND THERES A HUGE CHANCE SHES PREGNANT WHAT ARE THE CHANCES TO BRING HER TO LIVE WITH ME IM A US CITIZEN

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Alex J. Esq.

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I am asking a question teenager who lives near me in

I am asking a question for a teenager who lives near me in Rockledge (Brevard County) Florida. This is his question:I am 17 years old and live with my father. I have just finished my 10th grade in high school. My school hours are five hours per day and I am free to work on my job the remainder of the day. I am a mechanic at my best friend's father's golf cart shop. We build golf carts and I work full time in the summer months and part time during the school season. I net $10 per hour. The owner of the shop (my friend's father) hopes that both his son and I can continue to work in the shop until we graduate from high school. He then plans to open up another shop in the Brevard County area where we will also work. During the past year, my father tried to open his own "handy man" business. It was closed down because he did not have a contractor's license. Because he has a felony record and because his driver's license has been suspended due to a large amount of money owned to my Mother for another child, he cannot find employment. During the past year we had our electric turned off numerous times and on one occasion our water was off for over 2 weeks. We are being evicted from our apartment on March 31st and he has not been able to find another apartment that will accept us. How can I proceed to be emancipated? One of the young men at the golf cart shop that I work with has invited me to come live with him in his small house. I will continue to attend school in my area and I have a Jeep that my grandfather helps me to maintain. Please advise.This is an exceptional young man with great mechanical gifts. Is there any way that I can help him proceed with this process?

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Is it legal to give parental consent to allow my 17 year old daughter to live with

Is it legal for me to give parental consent to allow my 17 year old daughter to live with friends during the school week? I am ok with it and give my consent. Is there any problem with that? Everyone is in favor of it and would like it to occur since she will be closer to school. Just want to know that there isn't any law being broken.

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Loren

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I was trying to see could maternal grandparents adopt a child

I was trying to see could maternal grandparents adopt a child without paternal consent. The mother passed away 3 months ago.JA: The Lawyer will need to help you with this. Please give me a bit more information, so we can help you best.Customer: My husband has a child that he was being kept from seeing when we first were dating. The child lived with his mom who lived with her parents. Her parents put the daughter out after a while and told my husband that she signed over her rights which I thought was kind of weird because I thought you needed both parents consent. The mother died in January and now they are asking to adopt the son. They claim my husband isn't going to have to give up his rights which I feel is a lie.JA: Anything else I can tell the Lawyer before I connect you two?Customer: What I just typedJA: 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 Lawyer about your situation and connect you two.

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The other night my 16 year old son and I got into a heated

The other night my 16 year old son and I got into a heated argument because he's been lying, stealing, and bringing drugs into my home. At some point he decided to take a swing at me, and then tried to tackle me. I wrestled him to the ground, but he's a big kid (at least the same size as me, if not bigger), and we bounced off a lot of things. In the process he ended up with a couple of bruises. I did too. We finally separated to cool off, and then talked and apologized to each other. He went to school the next day and one of his High School teachers sent him to the nurses office. He told them that he fell down some stairs, but then changed his story several times. I was called to pick him up and told to bring him to the doctor to be examined for a concussion. While I was there, no one asked me anything. I made the doctors appointment and we went home. I was called about an hour later by a DCF worker who came to the house almost immediately to discuss what had happened. Apparently the school nurse alleged that I abused him. The worker came, we talked, and she didn't seem too worried about it. I didn't tell her what actually happened because I did't want to get either one of us in trouble, I also have an 8-year-old daughter living with me and I didn't want to risk them taking her even for a night. I took my son to his doctors appointment after that, he was examined, and basically told to take it easy and stay home from school for the next few days. While I was at work the next day, a police officer called me to ask if we could meet up that day or the next to discuss what had happened. I told him that I wouldn't be home until after five. He said that was fine. Then, knowing I wasn't home and that my son would be home by himself, he and another officer went to my house and basically tried to coerce my son into writing a statement against me alleging that I beat him up. My son told me that he panicked and told them whatever they wanted to hear, but did not write a statement. I called the DCF worker to ask if police involvement was normal in situations like these, and she said that she had never had the police involved in a case like this before. Now, the police officer never did meet up with me that day, but called me on Friday to ask me to come to the station. I told him that I couldn't do that, and asked him what he needed to talk to me about. He wouldn't say anything other than he would try to get out here early next week. One important thing to note is that in Connecticut, where we live, DCF considers him a minor until he turns 18, but the police consider him an adult once he's 16. Another important thing to keep in mind is that in the almost 12 years that my son has lived with me, and the 8 years that my daughter has lived with me, I have NEVER felt the need to discipline either one of them physically.I have several questions: A) Should I speak to the police next week? B) Should I ask for an attorney when I do? C) Can what my son said when the police questioned him be used against me? D) Can the police showing up to question him, knowing that his parents weren't home be considered coercion? E) Do I need to be worried about the DCF taking my daughter from me? I assume that if they were going to do that, they would have done it the day that they were here. F) At this point, would it be in my best interest to tell either the police or the DCF worker what really happened, or should I just keep my mouth shut? I really don't feel like I did anything wrong.

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Background info: My same-sex partner and I are interested in

Background info: My same-sex partner and I are interested in adopting her granddaughter. Her granddaughter is 16 years old and has expressed that she wants to live with us. My partner and her granddaughter both currently reside in Texas (I am residing in Kentucky as I have accepted a professor position with a local university)...my partner will be relocating to Kentucky in July 2016. The 16 year old wants to move with her grandmother in July as well. As mentioned above, I am employed at a major university and with it I have benefits that could allow my partner's granddaughter (assuming adoption is possible...), to attend college under my tuition remission benefits. As for the family relationship between the child and her birth mother and step-father, it is a situation where the child feels a deep sense of neglect since the parents have another child together and that younger child receives majority of their attention and financial resources. The 16 year old has stated on several occasions that she wants to live with my partner and me and if she can't, she may consider running away. I have to state strongly, and as far as my knowledge, that there is no physical or sexual abuse in the home but as communicated by the 16 year old, there is emotional abuse (she feels neglected, invisible, has to sort out all of her own needs---clothing, hygiene necessities---no one has sat her down to discuss college and how it will be paid for, she wants to drive but no one other than my partner and myself, have offered or attempted to teach her how to drive or given her any idea about a vehicle of her own). The 16 year old works a part-time job but her parents do not adequately arrange transportation to/from her job...my partner and I often have to take her to work or pick her up from work. The birth mother once found it more important to go to the gym than pick the child up from work, resulting in me having to get out of bed to go pick her up. The child called me desperate for a ride home at 10PM.Question(s): What does my partner and I need to do in order to adopt the 16 year old? Do we need to wait until the child turns 18; does the birth- and step- parent have to consent? At age 18, can the child emancipate herself and then I can adopt; does the birth parent have to consent? Since this involves an interstate living situation, would the child be able to relocate in July with her grandmother (assuming the grandmother at least has legal custodianship in place)?

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Roger

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My granddaughter Ashlynn has lived with her great aunt for

My granddaughter Ashlynn has lived with her great aunt for almost two years. She is seventeen. Her mother is an alcoholic and is currently in jail. She had lost custody some years ago and was paying child support for her daughter to the adoptive father up until she lost her job last spring.The great aunt was asked by the adoptive father if Ashlynn could "stay with her awhile" June 30th, 2014, after repeated problems. The father has paid nothing in the way of support for her, even though he continued to get child support for her from my daughter, and, in spite of repeated efforts to get him to sign over guardianship, he has refused and it has made it very difficult for her to get medical help, a driver's license, apply for college, etc. He, no doubt, does not want to be financially responsible for her but wants to continue claiming her as a dependent and receiving support for her. That's the only thing we can imagine is keeping him from signing over guardianship. Her great aunt if the CFO of the county health department and we have shared the care of Ashlynn, but this man has made things very difficult and my granddaughter has had to be declared "homeless, living with a relative" and has a hassle getting any kind of "official business" taken care of because she has no legal guardianship. The great aunt is hesitant to push him (although she has kept records of her requests for guardianship and other information - like her birth certificate which he still hasn't turned over) because he is very vindictive and Ashlynn attends the same school where he teaches. My question is basically, can Ashlynn herself sue him for the money he has received for her in child support and/or the money he would have had to contribute to her care once he asked that the great aunt keep her? She wrote to the FOC some time ago and has told her CPS worker, but she has heard nothing.

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