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We have a situation where two divorced parents share time

We have a situation where two divorced parents share time with the two young children of the marriage. One parent is indoctrinating the children with tales about the other parent. He is also playing games with handovers: withholding the children beyond his allotted time and interfering with their school attendance.Florida Family Law seems to take the view that parents are utterly equal: yet the mother is told that she must abide completely with the time-sharing program prescribed by a Mediated Agreement; while the father is unadmonished for failing to return the children in accordance with that Agreement. Advice is that a Guardian Ad Litem be sought. However, it is almost guaranteed that Florida Family Law will not curtail the father's access: despite the fact that the children's pediatrician considers it harmful to the children.The court would probably not take into account the children's fear of visiting the father, as they are aged 7 and 5.Is there an option whereby the mother could request that the children become wards of the court; or wards of the state? If so, on approval, I believe that the mother would simultaneously cede control of the children to court or state. Could such drastic action be a route to preventing the father's unsupervised access to the children; while allowing a future resumption of normal maternal access?

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Michael J, Esq.

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I was appointed guardian of my daughter when she was 17. Is

I was appointed guardian of my daughter when she was 17. Is that guardianship still valid now that she is 24

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RobertJDFL

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16 year old male. Born in Philadelphia. Has me, s maternal

16 year old male. Born in Philadelphia. Has me, his maternal grandmother, and aunt as legal guardian. He had lived with me, but I sent him back to PA a year ago, as he was not cooperating. He refused to go to school, even refused cyber school. DHS then removed him from his grandmother's home. He ran away from foster care. There is now a warrant for his arrest. He and his grandmother must appear in court 8/23rd, or they may both be arrested. I am in Oregon, he and biological family are in PA. I wanted to know if there is a way to make this potential arrest action be dropped; I want to know if he could become a ward of the state of OR, where possibly I can utilize their resources. Even if the agreement would include an ankle bracelet to keep track of him. Please advise. It is a mess.

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I am the parent of an 18 year old who is a drug and alcohol

I am the parent of an 18 year old who is a drug and alcohol user. I live in Nebraska. State Law says that a person is not a legal adult until the age of 19. From the information I have already gathered, I cannot force him into a drug evaluation and treatment program even thought he is still a minor. Am I allowed to evict him from my home until he agrees to get help? My goal is not abandon him but to force him to hit bottom so he'll change his mindset that what he is doing is wrong and will get help. He has graduated high school. Any information you can provide me on my legal rights as a parent would be appreciated. Thank you.

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If you have Power of attorney individual and you opened a

If you have Power of attorney for a individual and you opened a Credit Card in there name and funds were used for their care in Assisted living and payments are being made on said card, can you be held liable? These are my cousins they live in Hawaii now, I live in Michigan . Husband had Vascular Dementia and wife has Alzheimer's -both ended up in assisted living facility at same time- Could not afford the expenses and prescriptions - they were going over what they were bringing in every month by 2000 to 2400. I stepped in because their family Dr. Called me because the two grown children refused to act for them. Husband ended up in hospital and wife had to go toNyrsing home for a week because he could not care for her. Dr. Said if we did not act they would be placed Ward of Statebefore the weekend was over. My attorney drew up Durable Power of Attorney for both husband and wife and Medical Power of Attirney. Wife and husband signed documents with witnesses present said they understood what they were signing and wanted me to act because kids refused. To make a long story short their daughter become unemployed and when Dad had good days would call me and basically scream and say just give her the money she needs din t care how you do it explained situation to him every time he said don t care you have total authority for financial things he told me to open up credit card which stupidly I did but the daughter sued her employer for workers compensation and said she would pay back 30,000 that Dad authorized and because they had no money to live on and pay bills -they owe me personally 20,000. The money on credit card was used to help pay their bills and I have been paying on it every month-that's the 20,000 they owe me. That's what I get for helping a family member. Son has since taken over for them and he lives in Hawaii -I still have POA for both because he just received guardianship for the Mom with Alzeheimers . Dad also lives with sin as well and he still has good days and bad and does not remember things . I do not want to be sued for something I didn't cause and it says in documents under Financial paragraph I have the right to enter into into anything financial for them . They haven t sent me anything but I do worry about this. If they do sue can I counter due for money owed me and since Dad called me and told me to do it but it was a phone call and I did not record it. All I was doing was trying to help them.

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P. Simmons

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My girlfriend is 17, and in care. DHS wants to continue her

My girlfriend is 17, and in foster care. DHS wants to continue her case until she is 21, because she doesn't make enough money to support herself alone. If I marry her, is there anything that DHS or her foster parents can do to stop it? Would either parties be able to continue to claim legal custody of her?

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If a mother dies and the paternal father is in jail for

If a mother dies and the paternal father is in jail for child murder, and she has a current husband with a child of their own, what happens to the child from her ex as her current husband hasn't adopted the child in question.The mother is near death from brain anurism and stroke.

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Steven K.

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In California, if parents, who cannot afford appropriate

In California, if parents, who cannot afford appropriate care for their seriously disturbed child relinquish the child to become a ward of the state, will they be charged with abandoning that child? What will that mean?

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Phillips Esq.

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My mother died and left a home an inheritance to split up

My mother died and left a home an inheritance to split up evenly between 10 kids, the issue is one of the kids is a ward of the state and he severe mental illness since she was small, and another one of the kids has sctizophenia severely , he's in a board and care but in no state of mind to comprehend, no, 1 question my other sister the trustee thinks she can oversee the ward of the court sister inheritance and take care of her, I don't know what she's gonna do with my brothers part of inheritance. He's severely ill. Does my sister the trustee have a right to take care of the mentally ills sister portion of money? My mothers house just sold and was funded. We are in the stage where she will send out the financials and we have to sign it and send it back, help, I need advice on this. Thank you so much

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