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  • Can I get my. Daughter back?

    Last year I signed off my rights to my 16 yr old child and she was adopted by her aunt and uncle but now they want to give her back but we don't know how or if its possible I was not in a position to take care of her then and I am now, she doesn't...

    Michelle’s Answer

    I suggest retaining an attorney and having them file an amicable custody complaint on your behalf versus the aunt and uncle. You can then have an executed stipulation and gain custodial rights to your daughter. Good luck!

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  • Does the non-custodial parent have to provide his address?

    My ex's girlfriend is trying to tell me that when they move in February that he doesn't have to provide the new address. I thought that he did due to visitation with my son. I don't see how the court could force a parent to hand over their child a...

    Michelle’s Answer

    Yes, unless the other parent has a PFA against you, the address must be disclosed. If she fails to provide your address, I suggest you retain an attorney to petition the court for special relief and/or contempt, whichever is appropriate based upon the language of your order.

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  • Do I need to file for any kind of emergency custody and can I seek full custody while he is incarcerated.

    My ex husband and I divorced back in 2012 custody of our now 7yr old daughter was split with him having primary. I now discovered he was incarcerated this past week for a 3rd DUI, this time involving our daughter in the car at the time of the acc...

    Michelle’s Answer

    I suggest you immediately hire an attorney to file a petition for custody. You also have to ask for emergency relocation pending an actual relocation hearing. Many of us on Avvo practice in Berks County, which seems to be the jurisdiction for your case. Good luck.

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  • Can my ex refuse to allow me to see our child?

    my ex and i do not have a child visitation order in place. she is requesting that i start paying child support and is refusing to allow me visitation with our child until the court has determined support and/or visitation.

    Michelle’s Answer

    Without a court order, either parents may deny the other access to the child. I suggest you retain a family law attorney to file a complaint for custody in order to obtain a court order that grants you specific periods of time with the child. That way, if mother refuses you access the child, you may file a petition for contempt and request the court sanction her. Good luck!

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  • Where would I file for visitation. Wife abandoned me 14 months ago leaving PA and moving to MA taking our newborn son with her.

    I still live in PA and she moved to MA I need to know where do I file for visitation rights.

    Michelle’s Answer

    You file in the county where the child has resided for the past six months. Good luck.

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  • Do I need a custody lawyer?

    The father of my two daughter's barley see them. He comes and goes and sees them when it is convenient for him. I have proof of screenshots mentioning him and his girlfriend doing drug's. He has a record of theft from stealing from my mother. I ju...

    Michelle’s Answer

    You need to bring your screenshots to a local attorney and tell them the specific circumstances of your case so that you may be advised accordingly. However, that being said, Drug use is one of 16 factors a court must take into consideration when determining child custody. Good luck!

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  • Shared custody and medication

    My ex and I have shared physical and legal custody and our oldest daughter is on adhd medication and severely needs it as she is having a hard time in school and almost got held back in kindergarten last year because of it. The first week she was ...

    Michelle’s Answer

    You need to file a petition for special relief And request the court to order that mother provide you the medication for the child and that she administer it per the doctor's instructions. I suggest you retain an attorney to do this for you, so that the best result is obtained. Good luck!

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  • How to get a family lawyer

    Custody papers haven't been filed against me yet but I got an email stating that there will be one filed against me. What can I do about it and can I still take my child with me?

    Michelle’s Answer

    If there's no custody order in effect, both parents may take the child wherever they choose. However, if there is a threat of a custody filing I strongly advise you to retain an attorney immediately to represent you in the matter.

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  • What rights does a father have if he is NOT on birth certificate?

    My daughter & her boyfriend have a young son, almost 2 yes old. He is not listed on birth certificate. They broke up recently and he kicked my daughter out. He has had their son for the past few days, not by choice of my daughter because he kicked...

    Michelle’s Answer

    This is not kidnapping or an abduction. Your daughter needs to retain a family law attorney that practices in Dauphin County and immediately file a complaint for custody requesting the return of the child or at least a custody schedule.

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  • I am currently separated from my husband and am having a baby to another man. Will my husband's name go on the birth certificate

    My husband and I have been separated for a little over a year now. I am currently pregnant to someone other than him. Will his name automatically go on the birth certificate? Or can I make it so neither one of their names are on it?

    Michelle’s Answer

    You fill out the information for the birth certificate, therefore you choose who's name is on it or if you would like to exclude a name.

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