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I live in Fairfax VA and I have full custody of my daughter

Hello,I live in Fairfax VA and I have full custody of my daughter since my estranged husband has been deported to Malawi in Africa. He is asking that I put co-parenting in our divorce. Not sure how that is going to work since he is in another country. He also wants me to put consent visits to Malawi. Can you let me know how this affects me if I put this in the divorce?

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I reside in Pennsylvania and am awarded sole legal custody

I reside in Pennsylvania and am awarded sole legal custody and my ex-husband and I share physical custody of our three children. In January 2014 we were discharged from co-parenting counseling due to Father's reluctance to participate and him informing our counselor that he was no longer interested in being a father to his children (I have documentation to support this). Father voluntarily ended his periods of partial physical custody (EOWE) beginning in February 2014 (I also have written documentation of this from him as well) and ceased all contact with the children beginning December 2014. The paternal family is still very involved in our children's lives and they visit them every 6-8 weeks. The agreement being that they would not allow him over without my prior knowledge due to the length of time since he had seen them. At the point of agreement with them, he had been absent for a full year. In August 2016, he and I communicated back and forth via email regarding a child support related issue and ultimately began talking about meeting to discuss a possible reunification plan. Throughout the chain of emails, Father kept blaming me for not being able to see his children due to his need to pay child support (he pays the state guideline in PA plus <$300 toward child care per year). When I informed him that I would be happy to sit down with him to discuss him re-entering their lives as long as his girlfriend did not accompany him and he agreed to leave child support out of the discussion, he ceased in responding to my emails. I have not heard from him since. Earlier this month his girlfriend began harassing me via email and text, insisting that I communicate with her instead of him because he refuses to continue speaking with me. I ultimately was forced to block her. Like most holidays, I set up a visit with his family for our children for Christmas this year. Yesterday they came home and informed me that not only did he show up, he removed them from their home and took them out for the afternoon. I am extremely worried that this sort of intermittent contact will further upset our children. It took two years to rebuild them after a year of very infrequent contact in 2014 and now all of the work we did has been unraveled. We are both pro se and while I do not believe that he will petition the courts, I cannot be sure and I want to inquire whether I should petition the courts myself to request sole physical custody, a formal reunification plan to include family counseling with the kids and co-parenting counseling for us, or what my other options were. I do not want to keep the children from him; however, he still cannot commit to consistent and predictable visits and instead wishes to pop in and out when it suits his work and school schedule. All three of our children have special needs and require various supports due to issues with transition and need consistency. I do not believe allowing him to come and go as he pleases is in their best interests.

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My daughters dad is soon getting out of prison what do i

my daughters dad is soon getting out of prison what do i need to do to make sure he cant just come over pick her up and not bring her back do i have to file for sole custodyJA: Family law varies by state. What state are you in?Customer: azJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: noJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: no

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Do I have to send my children to private school? facts: My x

Do I have to send my children to private school?facts:My x wife has sole legal custodymy x wife enrolled our oldest child (5 years old) in a private school and asked me to pay for itOur divorce decree states I pay for expenses agreed upon in advance.I am going through a modification order because I changed jobs and now make about 45% of what I used to.What is the statue regarding private school?I know since she has legal custody she can enroll her in any school she wants and I dont have to pay for it, but with the judge in this case I fear that he will still make me pay.My child is average she is not handicaped nor is she so smart that she needs private school she is a average little girlI need caselaw, rules something

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Brandon M.

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I have a very difficult ex-wife who is the custodial parent

I have a very difficult ex-wife who is the custodial parent of my son (13). We have joint legal custody. She constantly spends lots of money on medical, dental, and vision for the children.Recently, a difference of views has cause her to once again react erratically when I told my Son's Orthodontist I wanted to get a second opinion about a potentially very costly and highly important decision concerning his braces.See, my Son is missing his upper incisors and one method to correct the (genetic) problem is by using braces to squeeze the surrounding teeth into place to "close the gap" over time as his bone structure grows. The other option is to "open the gap", and then after his bones are fully developed (19-21), to have two implants added which at today's cost can range for $5000 to upwards of $10,000 per implant.I consider this a "major" decision and one that should be looked at by more than one Orthodontist. My Ex raged out of the dental office, grabbing my son, and now refuses, as always to even discuss any opinions that are not hers! Now, out of spite, she has made the exclusive decision to not allow my Son to have braces at all!My concern is that both his Mother and I are in our 50's and with the potential changes that I have seen over time in the economy and with the consideration of the future needs of the Children, it would be unwise to commit that amount of financial resources to something than can be corrected by more reasonable means. She has no intent on supporting the college fund I have started for them, actually, no intent on supporting that financial need what so ever. Moreover, she continues to waste money on many over her wage standard in high cost of living choices overall. Her actions and motives are highly questionable and could cost the Children their future. I also have a daughter and consider that one day she may want to get married, I would like to have the money at that time to pay for or at least contribute to the cost of the wedding.So, my legal question is how than this be resolved. I have considered arbitration or some type of dispute resolution assistance. But, as history has shown, she only drives these things to the court room and more financial resources are diverted to simply resolve something that two grown adults should be able to handle on their own.Please help!

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I am representing myself in a motion to modify My x wife

I am representing myself in a motion to modifyMy x wife currently has sole legal custody (based on that we can not make joint decisions, which is due to the fact she does not allow me to participate in the decision making process. She will decide and inform me of her decision )My xwife has brought our now 5 year old to a therapist about 2 months after she filed for divorce which was 3 years agoShe has not been consistent with bringing her every every month sometimes she would bring her 2 times a month sometimes she would go 2 months without a visitI filed a motion to get a second opinion, so I can have my daughter seen by another therapist. ( I do not believe my 5 year old needs therapy)The commissioner denied my request.He did say I can bring in a therapist but that therapist can not see my daughter.Which begs the questions since my expert can't speak directly about my child what good is my expert?Can I appeal this request?Can I have the commissioner removed ?My X will bring this therapist to court (who is bias against men and has said so much in open court)Am I not allowed to bring my own expert witness?Is my expert not allowed the same access as her expert?What options do I have here?

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I have a quick question.. If I have sole legal custody can I

I have a quick question.. If I have sole legal custody can I restrict my daughters father from contacting the school, etc?JA: Because education law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: PAJA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: yes our custody agreement that is with Allegheny county court states that I have sole legal and primary physical custodyJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: Her dad is trying to stop paying and reduce child support even though it hasnt changed in 9 years bc he moved and had another child. ok

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The father of my child has not seen his child in over a year

The father of my child has not seen his child in over a year and we were never married he keeps threading to take her from me cause I won't delete his back child support and he is not on the birth certificate and I'm now getting child support as of one month ago do I have sole custody cause he signed a paper saying if I get married that someone can adopt her does that mean he gave up his rights?

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For over 7 years in total and 4 years in the legal system my

For over 7 years in total and 4 years in the legal system my ex and father of my child has been physically and emotionally harassing me via gas lighting, phone and email. He has been formally charged with harassment, contempt. I requested to use Our Family Wizard so the emotional abuse would be monitored by the court. The goal to stop the horrible abuse. He continues to emotionally abuse and manipulate blantently in Our Family Wizard. Question is, would Our Family Wizard be considered a third party given the fact that it is monitored? My question would relate to slander and libel. Thank you. ,JA: Because laws vary from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: The state of PAJA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: Many things have been filed and reported. He appears above reproach. Severe problem of bias in Family Legal SystemJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: I want sole legal custody because joint legal custody is how he manipulates and abuses

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