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Want to divorce abusive, alcoholic spouse; have questions about it

I stay in NJ. My husband has anger issues. We have two minor children. He is verbally abusive, has a recurrent alcohol problem (twice witnessed when the children were in his care). I am the breadwinner. I want a divorce, but need to strategize, since he seems like he is ready to "take me to the cleaners." I don't care about the material things as much as custody of the children.We went to counseling for a while. Being the "forgiving wife," I have never filed anything. But I have emails with his admission, and a video of him "plastered" a few years ago.My net worth is not negligible. My husband refuses to leave the home, even though tensions seem to be escalating. Throughout our ENTIRE marriage, i.e. 8.5 years, the entire income was mine. His pretext being it was difficult to find a job. He is now a Permanent Resident through me; our relationship was lived between Europe, Africa, Canada and the US until he got his papers a year ago. I am at a point where I really would rather not share the same space as him. Thank you.

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Lucy, Esq.

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Question #1 I've had the understanding that grandparents

Question #1I've had the understanding that grandparents have no rights to child custody. Can you confirm this or note if their are ever any exceptions?Background:This matter regards ***** ***** a six year old little girl. She has primarily been raised by her paternal grandparents for the last 3-4 years, consistently. The father currently lives with his parents.There is no documented custody agreement between the mother and the father, nor is there any documented agreement between the mother and the grandmother.The mother and fathers life have been unstable during the child's 6 years however the father (age 34) has always had the support of his parents.The mother (age 25) has birthed 4 additional children, ages 8 - 19 mos., (all different fathers) and has more often then not been moving from place to place for shelter, these years. She does not, and has not held a job over these years and is dependent on state support.Incident: recently the mother put her 4 children in jeopardy by leaving the home alone for a period of time. When chastised by the grand parents siteing the potential danger of her actions, she became uncontrollably angered and demanded the child be returned to her.The police were called and after establishing the child's current residency (room, school assignment, etc.) they told the mother she could not take the child at that point.Question #2Can the father and/or grandparents file for full or primary custody of the child? How will the courts see this situation?

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Gerald-Esquire

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My ex lied quite a lot during the deposition. She did not

my ex lied quite a lot during the deposition. She did not show up in court the other day for the pre-trial conference and she has denied visitation for 4 months. She still thinks she is in really good shape. Is she?JA: Since laws vary from place to place, what state is this in?Customer: massachuettsJA: Have you talked to a laywer yet?Customer: i have an appointment this coming monday.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: yes, my ex has also said that I have 4 different mental health diagnosis

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NYFamilyLawyer

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My granddaughter, 17 reported in March her father sexually

My granddaughter, 17 reported in March her father sexually molested her. She now lives in California with mother. She reported it. Was taken seriously and brother and her were given custody to mother, her father had custody at time. Recently California handed over evidence to Utah where all charges were dropped. Mother not financially stable, father had highly paid attorney in both states, to make a long story short. I only have story from mothers perspective. Still have good relationship with father, we think, although, we have not spoken to him throughout this process. Father just took possession of autistic son, 11 today. Granddaughter refused to go with him. Is there anything further we can do at this point to help our granddaughter? Legally? She is trying to get 2nd restraining order against him at this point. When she calls the Utah police in South Jordan, where she lived at the time of most of the abuse, they have laughed at her and say the case is closed. They never interviewed her by the way. She is worried about her brother. We are near retirement and are not able to hire an attorney for her, would like to. We probably could, but would jeopardize retirement etc.

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Law Educator, Esq.

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This is the dilemna. The both parents of my grandchild are

This is the dilemna. The both parents of my grandchild are dead. They were not married, the father committed suicide last year and this past June my daughter died. The father's parents been had temporary custody since last year. We have been to a mediation orientation but they have not and refuse to go. Tomorrow is the court date and their lawyer at the last minute said to have a continunance cause she has another case in that same court room. She asked for continunance the first time and was granted an extra thirty days and now at the last minute contacted our lawyer asking for another continunance. We have to show up tomorrow with our lawyer and say their lawyer shows or not shows and their clients do not show up. What happens next. She did not ask the court for another continunance. So what can be done. We do not know even this parents fled the state and if the child is alive or not. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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My husband and i are having serious problems, and I think

My husband and i are having serious problems, and I think that I want a divorce. He has struggled with drug and alcohol abuse for a while and it it getting out of hand again.. The issue is that we have 3 kids. Our oldest is 10 and she is my step daughter. I have been in her life as her mother since she was 2. We (technically my husband) has full custody of her other than her visiting her bio mom on a parenting schedule. mostly once a month for about a day at a time (usually less) and she lives 5 hours away. She lives with an abusive husband who has abused our daughter when she was younger and is still a very abusive person. I can't risk losing her, because in my eyes she is just as much mine as my 2 boys are. What are my options here? I can't let my kids be around this situation.Thank you in advnance

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AttyHeather

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Can my son (the father-name on birth certificate) keep his 9

Can my son (the father-name on birth certificate) keep his 9 month old baby and not return her after his weekend visit?The mother has told him that she is moving from Texas to NC.

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Ely

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I have legal temporary custody of my 11year old daughter who

I have legal temporary custody of my 11year old daughter who is not biologically mine or my fiance and her father is trying to get full custody from us but has never known her until we offered him too meet her two years ago and I want to know where I stand and what I can do to keep her

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If my daughter is willing to give us custody temp. of her

if my daughter is willing to give us custody temp. of her child is that the same as guardianship whats the differenc

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