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Sheree Lynn Hoffman

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  • Filing petition for attachment and contempt for failure to pay child support... have an easy question, please.

    The petition I'm filing states, "...the Defendant has refused to pay the Petitioner said support payments and is now over _____ (months) (weeks) in arrears with said payments..." My question is about the arrears. He has never paid the fu...

    Sheree’s Answer

    It is best to put the exact or approximate dollar amount he is in arrears. If you can not afford an attorney, you can contact Memphis Area Legal Services and/or the Community Legal Center to see if you qualify for their assistance. Also, the Memphis Bar Association hosts a free legal clinic once a month at the Main Library in Memphis. You can find those dates on their website.

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  • Child Custody and filing a motion to alter, amend, or set aside. Need advice on filing, please.

    I'm in a custody battle with my exhusband, as well as attempting to relocate from Shelby County. We met with the judge and were to appear back in court. We didn't meet with the judge as she had to postpone. However, I was provided a True Copy A...

    Sheree’s Answer

    I am assuming from the limited information above that you do not have an attorney representing you. My advice is to get one. You will have a very difficult time dealing with these issues on your own and may have already missed deadlines. If you can't afford a private attorney, you can contact Memphis Area Legal Services for assistance if you qualify and/or the Community Legal Center.

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  • If you are a 15 year old and you runaway and come back when you are 18 will you face charges for running away? and also pregnant

    already ran away twice before the age of 15. trued to comit suicide before the age of 15. and has many family problems

    Sheree’s Answer

    Please do not try to handle this yourself. There are agencies that can help you. They are: "Project safe place" (901-276-SAFE) with youth villages is one. Baptist home (901-386-3561) is another great one. Moriah house ( 901-526-8403). They can't hide you, but they can protect you until she can seek court protection. Please call my friend and atty, Autumn Chastain. (901-521-4001). She is a juvenile court atty and can probably help you. Good luck. Hope this helps.

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  • Been married for 15 yrs however I was only with this man for 2 months. What is quickest least expensive way to get divorce.

    Both of us live in Memphis TN. He lives in his house I live in my house with my two sons that are not his. I want nothing from him just a divorce.

    Sheree’s Answer

    If either of you have retirement or own property you can not use the forms previously referred to. It sounds like you would not qualify financially for our not for profit law firm assistance. However, if you would like to contact them, they are: Memphis Area Legal Services and the Community Legal Center.
    Private attorneys usually charge a retainer (make sure it is refundable) and then an hourly rate is applied against that retainer. A reasonable retainer depends on the particular attorney you hire and their level of experience, etc. The costs to file the divorce will be $301.25 in addition to whatever attorney fees you pay. If both parties are in agreement and you are adequately informed about your choices, it sounds like this divorce should take an attorney approximately three to four hours of time to meet with you, prepare necessary documents and take you to court for an uncontested hearing. .

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  • How do I defend myself from a "Order of Protection" filed under completely false pretenses?

    I am a female school teacher. I am also a single parent. Two weeks ago I was served with a "Protective Order" that was initiated by a woman who used to date one of my male friends. This woman claims that I am stalking her. The plaintiff and I have...

    Sheree’s Answer

    There is not enough information to answer conclusively. However, this is likely a temporary ex parte order and there should be a court date listed on the documents. This is your hearing date and you must be there to defend the allegations set out in the woman's petition. She has the burden of proof and you are entitled to bring witnesses or present any other admissible evidence at that hearing. You are not required to have an attorney present but it is usually a better idea as with most legal proceedings. Remember, the order IS currently in effect so stay away from this person to avoid further problems.

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  • My daughter is 2 years old, an her real father hasn't seen her since she was 6 months, could i get him for child abandonment?

    He's ordered to pay child support, but don't. He's filed for disability cause he can't read or write, but they denied him.

    Sheree’s Answer

    Abandonment usually only becomes an issue when another person is seeking to adopt the child. You can file a petition for contempt for his failure to pay the court ordered child support.

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  • I have a 3 yr old daughter. Her father and I were never married.

    Can a mother leave the state with a minor child if the fathers name is not on the birth certificate and they have never been married. We have never been to court for visitation

    Sheree’s Answer

    If there is no court order keeping you in TN then yes you may leave the state. But remember, this does not mean that the Dad can not subsequently file a petition to establish his rights and that the court may ultimately tell you to come back to TN. I assume Dad lives where you do. If you were never married and you are leaving the state for legitimate reasons, other than to interfere with Dad's parenting, (assuming he is the DAD), then the courts (at least in Shelby County, TN ) would most likely let you go. Asking an attorney who practices in your county would be a good idea.

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  • What if someone is getting custody of your child? Do the parent have to be there?

    My child was taken from me without me knowing about it...

    Sheree’s Answer

    Yes, typically the parents are present when the Judge makes a custody decision. I am not sure what happened in your case but it is worth looking at the court file to determine is there was personal service on someone, who was present at the hearing and what has transpired prior to the hearing that gave custody to someone else.

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