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Thomas Hershal West

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  • How would this work and is it likely for us to get more visitation?

    We live in Ohio and my finances kids live in Kentucky. It's about a 3 hour drive. We get the kids every other weekend Friday night through Sunday. The mother is trying to get his son signed up for stuff on our weekends and says if we don't drive d...

    Thomas’s Answer

    What does the parenting plan say? When there is disagreement, the parties must follow the parenting plan strictly. If it does not address this situation, your fiancé will need to hire a good family law attorney to advise him about modifying the parenting plan, if it has been more than two years since it was set.

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  • How to stop child visitation or revoke parental rights?

    I have legal custody of my son since he was 1 year old. . He is 7 year old. Mother never visit to see him from last 5 years. Never paid child support. I received a letter 10 days ago from her attorney,she want to visit. Before she filed a motion. ...

    Thomas’s Answer

    You will need to comply strictly with the statutes concerning termination and adoption. To do this effectively, you need to hire a good adoption attorney to represent you.

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  • Is parental alienation a crime in Tennessee?

    Is parental alienation a crime in Tennessee?

    Thomas’s Answer

    No, it is not a crime. In a child custody case and probably with expert proof, you may be able to prove it to gain custody. Your best bet, however, is to contact a family law attorney in your area.

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  • Moving from KY to IN

    Yes I planned on moving from KY to IN had a awesome job waiting for me when I found a house and which I did but, ex husband wanted to fight me against moving our 15 year old daughter ,13 miles just because it was across the river. I think it is ch...

    Thomas’s Answer

    First, you should know that many states have child move away laws that come into play on any move to another state, regardless of the distance. Second, I'm not certain, but I think you are trying to ask whether you can make such a move. Probably, you should have prepared a petition to modify parenting time with a new parenting time schedule, even if it is the same, based on the new location, file it with the court, have the father served with it, and let the court make a ruling. Considering the circumstances you outlined, it appears the court would have been likely to grant the move. When doing this, however, you probably should retain an experienced family law attorney to help you. Good luck!

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  • What will it take to move from Kentucky to Maine with 3-year-old?

    I'm 5 months pregnant and I want to relocate myself and my 3-year-old (from a previous relationship) to Maine where my fiance lives. I have joint custody and shared parenting time with my toddler's father. I've asked him if he'd agree to allow my ...

    Thomas’s Answer

    From your question, it appears you have a legitimate reason for your move. If you and the child's father cannot agree, then you should prepare a proposed new parenting time schedule based on the new location and file it with a petition to modify parenting time with the court and have a copy of it served on the father. You also will need to document your fiance's efforts to find employment in your local area that is comparable to Maine. it also will help if there are extended family members in Maine. First, though, you probably need to retain an experienced family law attorney to help you. Good luck!

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  • Can I stop my ex-husband from using a babysitter who has put my children's safety at risk?

    Last Saturday, my sitter and his fiancee were supposed to bring my daughters to a birthday party. Unfortunately, the fiancee was called into work early leaving the sitter without a car (or a licensed driver.) He called my girls' father, who said...

    Thomas’s Answer

    Your first step should be to discuss your concerns rationally with your ex-husband. This could be a one time thing, and it would not be good to rack up attorney fees for a one time occurrence. If this does not work and it happens again, then you may need to consult an experienced family law attorney to help you. Good luck.

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  • How can I legally get my children into my custody?

    The mother of my child moved to Wisconsin with my 2 children. We have joint custody . My son's child support case is in Waushara county, and my daughter's is in Greenlake county. I call them at least once a day, but half the time I call, I have...

    Thomas’s Answer

    You start by filing a petition to modify custody. What state you have to file that in depends on how long the children have been in Wisconsin and whether the mother had court permission or permission from you to move them there. In any event, you will need an experienced family law attorney to help you. Good luck.

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  • Is it possible to adopt my 19-year-old niece? How do I do this?

    My niece is a 19-year-old college student in America. Her parents in Africa are going through some financial difficulties, and it's affecting her education. I want to adopt her and ease off some of the stress from my little brother (her father). I...

    Thomas’s Answer

    On the adoption front, yes you may be able to adopt her, especially if the parents agree to surrender their parental rights. If not, it may be quite difficult or even impossible to adopt. Since she is from Africa, there may be immigration issues.

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  • My husband pays over 10,000 dollars a year he only makes 23,000 a year

    My husband has 3 child support cases the first one gets 535.40 a month oldest children, the next one 64.30 a week the youngest child, the third case 45.77 a week this child is the second oldest...I though child support was oldest to youngest

    Thomas’s Answer

    It depends on how long ago the child support orders were entered and whether there has been a significant change in his income since they were entered. If so, he should consider filing a petition to modify child support.

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  • Do I have to go to my appointment ?

    CPS in tennessee called me regarding my son about a call they received.. having nothing to hide I set up an appointment. I was told not to go, but scared if I don't show the cops will be at my door bc they will suspect the call was true because I...

    Thomas’s Answer

    If you have nothing to hide, you should honor the appointment, though it usually is in your home. If you do not honor it, they usually will not go away.

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