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  • If my husband wants to file for sole custody of his son, is a lawyer required?

    His sons mother is hiding the child and refuses to let him live here.(even though the mother does not have the child right now.). The mother gave the child to my husband's ex-wife. The ex-wife told the mother that she "will protect the child and m...

    Tajara’s Answer

    if paternity is already established, you can file a motion for contempt if she is violating the terms of the order (you can also see if the police will help but most of the time they aren't going to do much). If paternity has been established but there is not a placement order, you need to file a motion for placement.

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  • Can I tell the hospital I don't know the father when my baby is born?

    I DO know the father.. He is an abusive deadbeat. I don't want him having any rights to my child. Can I just tell the hospital I don't know who the father is? Can my sister be put on the birth certificate as the 2nd parent, instead of the father?

    Tajara’s Answer

    You have no obligation to put the father's name on the birth certificate. You can list as unknown. Your sister cannot be listed as the other parent.

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  • I won my judgment in court for money owed to me. How do I collect my money from the other party? The case is docketed also.

    The other party has no job and is on welfare. If they do work it is for cash.

    Tajara’s Answer

    it is unlikely that there is any money to get from them, it sounds like they are uncollectible.

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  • My ex wife and mother of two of my children was killed. When the driver was drunk and she fell out of a truck and was ran over.

    My daughters are age 7 and 20. Now I'm a single father completely broke. And I don't know how I'm going financially take care of my children? What amount of money can I sue the driver and his insurance company? Can someone please help?

    Tajara’s Answer

    your girls have a claim against the driver. Get a personal injury attorney asap. Also it is likely that the minor could get social security for her mom.

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  • Is it unlawful to be terminated for hearsay without being interviewed about the situation?

    Things were said that were untrue. I was never interviewed about anything that was said. The only thing that I said about the situation I brought up to my supervisor without being asked. Unemployment also ruled in my favor. Do I have a case?

    Tajara’s Answer

    the only other unlawful termination is if you are terminated based on a protected category (race, religion, gender, age etc)

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  • How would splitting these expenses work?

    My ex and I split costs 50% for our children as ordered by our divorce decree. Lately, he has been suggesting (what I consider to be) unnecessary expenses and medical treatments just for the purpose of costing me money. The most recent example i...

    Tajara’s Answer

    First, if you have joint custody you must agree to elective items. Second, if you cannot agree as to whether something is necessary the court will make a ruling. Get a letter from the dentist/orthodontist indicating it is elective and send her a copy with your notice that you do not intent to split the cost. then the ball is in her court as to what she does next.

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  • On a lease non-renewal, must I give 30 day notice and state a reason for the non-renewal? Thank you.

    I do not want to renew a tenant's lease. This tenant has a lease renewal 10/1/15, annual lease. I want to be clear that we are not renewing their lease so I want to send them a non-renewal letter but am unclear as to how much notice I am require...

    Tajara’s Answer

    No, you do not have to say why. You should indicate "that your lease will expire on _____, no further lease is being offered and you are expected to have vacated the property by that time."

    As to timing, what does the lease say? If it is silent, then your best bet is to give at least 30 days notice

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  • Must the father pay child support when the mother and newborn are on badger care and are not married?

    The mother also had insurance through her mother and she has no wish to claim the support.

    Tajara’s Answer

    If the parents aren't living together, it is likely that the child support agency will initiate an action for support and the court will order a support payment. Mom doesn't get to decide she doesn't want the money when she or the child are on state aid.

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  • What should I expect?

    Not sure if this is the correct place for this, but here goes. I have a public defender who doesn't seem to care too much. I am charged with 2 counts of SA of a 12 year old girl. I have never been in trouble with the law before and was completely ...

    Tajara’s Answer

    You don't indicate your age but these are very very serious charges. You need an excellent criminal defense attorney. You could go to prison for a very long time and you could be forced to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. Sit down with your public defender and discuss what you should expect with them. If you don't like their plan or don't think they have your best interest in mind, you can request a new one or hire an attorney yourself. This kind of charge is not one you should not be well represented.

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  • At what point is an officer required to read miranda rights during owi arrest?

    I was not read my rights until after blood was drawn. I was in custody in cuffs for over two hours

    Tajara’s Answer

    The remedy if they don't is to suppress any statement you made in violation of your rights; however, if you made no statement (or they don't need the statement to convict you) then their failure is not helpful

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