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What if an adult reports a past abuse situation that

What if an adult reports a past sexual abuse situation that happened as a young teenager - with another older (but of age) teenager - as a mandated reporter, am I obligated to report this IF the said adult does not want it reported?JA: Family law varies by state. What state are you in?Customer: PennsylvaniaJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: NoJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: This person does not want it reported, the parents are aware and do not want it reported, and she does not want any legal recourse

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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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I live in Lancaster PA. My husband has a bad history with

I live in Lancaster PA. My husband has a bad history with alcohol abuse. He is an alcoholic. He has been drinking lately and flipping out verbally on me. He is literally verbally abusive saying such things as "you should put a gun in your mouth" and "I hope your bitch of a mom dies soon". The stuff coming out of his mouth is insane. He literally sounds like a crazy person. He was in my face yelling at me so hard yesterday he was bright red and literally foaming at the mouth. His 2 sons also live with us and he acts like this in front of them. I do not believe he should have custody of them and they should go back to living with their bio mom until he gets the help he needs. He has refused to leave the house. Could I get a PFA and have him ordered to leave the house? He is frightening. Please advise. THanks

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My husband has full custody of my step kids. The bio mom has

My husband has full custody of my step kids. The bio mom has lost all her rights. What kind of consent do I need for a Step Parent adoption?JA: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: WAJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: NpJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: no

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In Prince Georges county Maryland there is a 15-year-old boy

In Prince Georges county Maryland there is a 15-year-old boy who was sexual abuse by his mother. I reported on 11 accusations using form ccdcdv001 and 1a. If the woman is found guilty what happens next?

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Family Law Criminal Law Are there circumstances where Child

Family Law Criminal LawAre there circumstances where Child Abuse is a Tort, or is in any way "actionable" via litigation?Are there any statutes of limitations for Child Abuse litigationIs Emotional Child Abuse considered Child Abuse?Is Enablement of Child Abuse, of any kind, actionable.WRITTEN RESPONSE PLEASE, IN DETAIL. I WILL 'TIP' FOR THOROUGH COMPETENT ANSWER. (NO PHONE CHAT PLEASE, AT LEAST NOT YET)

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When does bad awful parenting could become child abuse? I am

When does bad awful parenting could become child abuse?I am concerned about my neighbor's 5 year old. Both of the parents have very bad life style, eating unhealthy food with lot of fat and sugar, watching TV and no outdoor activity. And they are enforcing the same life style on their 5 year old.I have a dog and it will get restless if I don't take it for evening walk, I can't imagine what that kid must be going through.I would like to know when does bad parenting can become child abuse? Can I call child services to review the kids situation?

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I have a question? If at the time of a court proceeding the

I have a question? If at the time of a court proceeding the father is listed as unknown; does this entail that the father has abandoned the infant child? Would this be circumstance or grounds of involuntary termination of parental rights, Maryland Family law 5-525.1JA: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: MarylandJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: noJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: Just want to know if being listed as unknown on the court documents terminates the fathers parental so rights... That all for now.

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My 6 yr old granddaughter's father is being investigated by

my 6 yr old granddaughter's father is being investigated by dhs for sexual abuse , now my daughter has been told if this little girl cant remember everything from the last years the case will be dropped. What I need to know if this happens can we get a lawyer to stop the weekend visit and if she isn't taken there on his weekend will my daughter go to jail?? This little girl has always hated going to stay with her dad. what can we do??

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