Mary G. Commander’s Answers

Mary G. Commander

Norfolk Divorce / Separation Lawyer.

Contributor Level 16
  1. Can a parent have residential custody while not living with the child?

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Mary G. Commander
    2. Andrew Russell Page
    2 lawyer answers

    The father still would have physical custody unless there was an agreement otherwise or a court order. The child's wishes is one factor a court can consider.

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  2. Unwed father takes children from mother and moves to another state without establishing paternity custody through court

    Answered 2 months ago.

    1. Mary G. Commander
    2. Andrew Russell Page
    2 lawyer answers

    File for custody in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court in Virginia immediately.

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  3. How do I get a paternity test

    Answered 4 months ago.

    1. Mary G. Commander
    2. Andrew Dennis Meyer
    2 lawyer answers

    You can file a petition in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court seeking to establish or disestablish paternity.

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  4. I have full custody of my grandchild as the parents went to prison for robbery. Moms out and dad will be in a month.

    Answered 7 months ago.

    1. Mary G. Commander
    2. Kevin Reese Pettrey
    2 lawyer answers

    Having custody does not give you the right to add the father to the birth certificate. It does give you the right to determine what visitation to permit without a visitation order.

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  5. Adoption

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Mary G. Commander
    1 lawyer answer

    The step-parent files the petition. After the child is adopted, the obligation to support the child ends.

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  6. What can I do!? My kids are not safe. HELP!

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Mary G. Commander
    2. Kevin Reese Pettrey
    2 lawyer answers

    If CPS has been unable or unwilling to take any action, then you are right to have filed a custody petition. You also are correct, however, that a judge is unlikely to move three children into your one bedroom apartment. This is the type of situation where a judge could look for other family members to care for the children, or even foster care, if you are unable to relocate and the father is found to be abusing the children.

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  7. How do I get my name legally on my sons birth certificate

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Mary G. Commander
    2. Kevin Reese Pettrey
    3. Deborah Ann Johnson Wilson
    3 lawyer answers

    You can file to establish paternity in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court where the child lives. Once that has been done, you can get a new birth certificate.

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  8. If a charge is nolle prosequi, can I use that against my Ex-wife in change of custody hearing.

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Deborah Ann Johnson Wilson
    2. Mary G. Commander
    3. Kevin Reese Pettrey
    3 lawyer answers

    Charges that are nolle prossed would not be considered by the court. If you know the facts surrounding the incidents, then there can be testimony about what happened. This could be relevant, depending on the facts.

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  9. Can I get an expungement on a domestic assault after pleading no contest in 1997

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Mary G. Commander
    2. Kevin Reese Pettrey
    2 lawyer answers

    If a domestic violence case was dismissed after a finding under advisement, by statute, it cannot be expunged.

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  10. Child support information?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Anneshia Miller Grant
    2. Mary G. Commander
    2 lawyer answers

    You can open a case with the Division of Child Support Enforcement. They do periodic reviews and have access to a great deal of earnings information.

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