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  • Went in for modification for child support. I feel ex lied about his income.

    Ex has own company, he says he only made $20,000(2014) but his corporation net over $250,000 last year. he only has 4 employees, himself, girlfriend, son and his friend. He stated they all made 15$ an hour. Not sure if getting a lawyer would help?

    Laurence’s Answer

    Possibly. You might also speak to a forensic accountant who can assist in determining the actual income such as looking at if any personal expenses that are paid on behalf of your ex..

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  • Can I obtain custody of my 16 year old sister?

    I am looking to seek custody of my 16 year old sister, I work at the Va hospital as a Cna and make a decent amount of money, and live on my own. My sister lives with my mother and she leaves her alone at the apartment constantly to be with her hus...

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    Unfortunately no. Pursuant to Florida statute on seeking "concurrent custody by an extended family member" unless you are an extended family member who is caring full time for the child(ren) in the role of a substitute parent and with whom the child(ren) is (are) presently living. In addition, you must currently have physical custody of the child(ren) and have had physical custody of the child(ren) for at least 10 days in any 30-day period within the last 12 months.

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  • Would it do me any good to hire an attorney to fight my ex-husband on visitation for lack of child support?

    He has not paid in over two years. He recently had brain surgery to have a tumor removed, and now is demanding I send our two children to Laramie, WY, where he lives, even though he will be going through chemo treatments. He was already mentally u...

    Laurence’s Answer

    In your heading you ask one question "Would it do me any good to hire an attorney to fight my ex-husband on visitation for lack of child support?" however in your text you discuss other issues about his health and poor co-parenting behavior. Yes, a lawyer can help you concerning visitation and ask the court to have him evaluated, etc. I'm not familiar with Wyoming law but in Florida failure to pay child support is not an argument to prohibit visitation.

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  • Why do I need to go through family court when there is an open case with the dept of revenue for child support?

    I was in a relationship of 5 yrs. Got pregnant. My partner left. Tried to make me abourt, but couldnt. Had to get medicaid /food stamps as income reduced during pregnancy. Dcf report dad to the dept of revenue and casa was open and proposal made. ...

    Laurence’s Answer

    Although you don't say what you were served with I assume it was a petition to establish parental rights and timesharing. He then asked the court to consolidate the support case with the parenting case in the family court, which he can ask the family court administrative judge to do. Timesharing can affect the calculation of child support, so it will be necessary to first determine timesharing before ongoing child support can be determined.

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  • Child sexual assault how and do I have the right to get a lawyer when a daycare teacher assutlted my son

    a teacher assaulted my son and I don't know what to do I have lost the daycare and I want to know what my rights are

    Laurence’s Answer

    I'm not a Washington lawyer but I would think that you can start by contacting a local attorney, reporting it to the police and/or to your child protective services. Here is a website you can go to. https://www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/child-safety-and-protection/how-report-child-abuse-or-neglect

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  • I am a father with a child. Custody is split right now I get him thurs through Sunday. can I get custody?

    He has missed 21 days of school. Numerous referrals for bad behavior. He's never punished by his mother. He is 7 and allowed to play grand theft auto, call of duty, and other heinous video games. Even if he was sent home he still allowed to play. ...

    Laurence’s Answer

    I do not know California law. In Florida, although you may or my not not have enough of a substantial change in circumstances to modify custody you may be able seek remedy from the court to enforce and find the mother in contempt for failure to comply with parental responsibility. You should contact a California lawyer.

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  • Question regarding payment of child's college tuition after divorce.

    My parents got it in the divorce agreement that they will split my tuition and pay it together 50/50. For the first 2 years of college I went to a community college and mother payed the whole thing. When I transfered to a university my father star...

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    If the terms are what you say, then yes, in my opinion.

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  • What should I do to get custody?

    I have a "friends" 4 month old 6 days a week. I provide everything for him and keep all receipts. Father is In jail (not getting out) mother lives with friend, doesn't have her other two children either. I've had 4 month old going on 2 months. She...

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    I'm not a South Carolina lawyer so I can't speak about the laws there. You must consult with a licensed attorney in your state. My thoughts are that since you are not a close relative to the child, e.g grandparent, your chances are not good for achieving custody.

    I'm not certain, but I believe that in Florida, if the case was in dependency court because a petition a was brought against the parents for child protection, the court could place the child in temporary custody/ foster care of a designated non-related third party. Perhaps that is possible in your state. Ask a licensed South Carolina family law attorney.

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  • Does a guardian ad litem appointed by the court have access to my childerns school records without my consent.

    A guardian ad Litem has been appointed to my kids. I found out this week that she some how has access to my kids school records. She also told the county social worker some info about one of my kids special education. Now the county social worker ...

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    I am a Florida lawyer so I cannot speak to the laws in Illinois, only Florida. You don't mention what court ordered the guardian ad litem (GAL), what the case is about, or why the guardian was appointed. In Florida the order appointing the GAL usually specifies the powers of the guardian. Access to school records is an important power granted to the GAL. School records are usually essential to the work and evaluation of the GAL. If you disagree with the work or conduct of the GAL you should hire a lawyer to file the appropriate pleading and bring the matter before the court.

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  • How hard will it be to get visitation rights to my son if I have been to prison before and had a drug charge?

    I have a son that is 6 years old, me and his mother broke up not too long after she found out she was pregnant. I got another girlfriend that I have now been with for 6 years. My sons mother would hardly ever let me see him when he was born, caus...

    Laurence’s Answer

    I'm a Florida lawyer, so I can't speak about the laws in your state, however if you file a proper petition and are willing to go through the steps the court may require you should be able to get visitation. You will likely be required to submit to drug testing, maybe random for a period of time. You could be ordered to undergo drug addiction evaluation, psychological evaluation, counseling, therapy, etc. Initial contact with the child will be through supervised, therapeutic visits and evaluation for purposes of your reunification with the child. If you do what is ordered, show up on time, pass the drug tests, etc. you should be able to achieve unsupervised visitation. Go see a good family lawyer. Good luck!

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