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Debbie S. Champion

Debbie Champion’s Answers

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  • What can I do?

    Ex-girlfriend has child abuse charges pending? She recently gave birth but im not sure im the father. I didn't sign the birth certificate until paternity test. She never showed to get one and now she won't let me see the baby ,just in case im the ...

    Debbie’s Answer

    DFS will probably eventually need to be involved and it might be in your childs best interest to get them involved. But, if you do not want to involve DFS, you have to file a Petition for Paternity and Custody. Either you will have a paternity test or the two of you must agree that you are the father, Once that occurs, you are the father, assuming she is not married. Once you are declared the father you will have rights to custody, either full or partial or joint etc. But unless you get declared the father of that child one way or the other, you have no actual rights to custody of the child. If she goes to jail and you are not declared the father, it is possible that a member of her family or otherwise might get custody of the child. Thus, you will need to get an attorney to get this on file as soon as you can. As I said, DFS is probably involved one way or the other if there are child abuse charges pending and you should check into this before you spend a lot of money on a attorney. Assuming they are not, this is not something you can or should do on your own. you need an attorney and should determine whether there are Volunteer Lawyers in your area who might help you for a reduced price or for free.

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  • This is about my self. Many medical problems and truthfully I just don't know what to do or wear to began

    I'm 26 in the state of Missour. I have been having some medical problems such as dizziness, fatigue, and short-term memory loss. Now I've seen many doctors had MRIs and a lot of other things. These things are causing me way to many problems affect...

    Debbie’s Answer

    I am not sure if you are asking a medical question or a legal question. However if you are asking what legal remedies you might have, then you shoudl consider whether your employer has Family Medical Leave Act benefits, and if so whether they will pay you while you are off work trying to get treated. Also determine whether you have short term disabiilty benefits. If you have that through work then you should consider whether you might want to apply for those benefits. Also check your employee manual to determine whether you might have any other options through work. Social security covers disability if you qualify under their rules but that is only for a disabilty that is expected to last for more than one year.

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  • Background checks?

    I have an interview at family dollar tomorrow. I really want the job. Three years ago i got was arrested for theft. The case is pending because i just went to court for it. When they do the background check what will it say

    Debbie’s Answer

    They may or may not run a check that shows that your charge is pending. However, if they run a check with the state police, the chances are that they can only obtain convictions. Since your case is pending, they can only get that information from some checks. Others might show that you have a charge pending. If you are required to release arrest records to them, then their background check will release the arrest as well. Read the application carefully to make sure you know what you are releasing, as that will help you figure out what information you are allowing them to obtain.

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  • How would i get information regarding my case against the opposing side without them tampering with the evidence?

    If I had proof that they hired people after the day they said my position was filled. that will show that they lied under oath.

    Debbie’s Answer

    I do not undersand this question and i think you need to fill in information so it can be answered properly. there is simply not enough infomation here to tell the attorney what occurred so you can be properly advised. It appears that you have applied to some sort of job and that someone told you the position was filled but that they hired someone the next day. Assuming this is true, then we need to know why you believe you were not hired, and why you believe that they had not made a decision to hire a particuarly person before NOT hiring you. Moreover, you must let us know the basis for why you belive you were told this story and why they did not chose you. Thanks!! Sorry for the questions back!

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  • If an ex left property over 48 hrs, is it legally in my possession?

    My ex had left a phone and some property here, i gave her stuff back 48 hrs later but her phone was busted. Claims of a report was made, but no statement was taken from me.

    Debbie’s Answer

    The property she left with you is legally IN your possession becuase she left it there. However it is NOT Legally your property. The issue is going to be--how long would a reasonable person be expected to safeguard the property to allow her to retreive it. If you want to have her retreive it, you may ask her to do so and to give her a deadline in which to do it but I would err on the side of caution. i would NEVER destroy property or sell it or move it or give it away without giving at least 2 months and good notice for someone to come get it--unless there is some loss you are experiencing in trying to keep it.

    So the bottom line is that if you want to gid rid of her stuff. 1. Have her come get it and put your request in writing to her with a deadline. 2. If the deadline passes and she does not come get it, give some more time to be safe. 3. If you really want it gone and the # of items are not too large, you can take it to her or to someone she knows to have them deliver it to her, making sure any third party signs a receipt for such items. 4. If the items are bulky or are costing you money to store, then you can either get rid of them, stopy paying or approach the court for some relief. Finally, if these items are something that you would want to keep, then you can keep them in hopes that you never hear back from her or you can approach the court after several months and ask the court to declare the items to be abandoned items. Good Luck.

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  • How long should it take to get my decision?

    My hearing was June 5th. My lawyer had to gather more files so he requested 30 more days. I had a scheduled consultation July 5th but all the info was gathered from my lawyer before i went. Today is October 11th &my decision has been made and is w...

    Debbie’s Answer

    It is impossible to predict with specificity but based on what you have indicated, I would expect that the decision has been made and you should receive some news within the next 4 weeks. If you do not hear within that time, you should contact your lawyer to find out whether there was any additional request after the information was originally submitted. Occasionally they will decide to request addition informaiton, but generally not after your decision has been made. I expect you will hear something before too much longer. Good Luck.

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  • Do I need an attorney for my son beating me with his fists in public? He is an ex con with a drug background.

    My son beat me in public while his woman held me against a box truck, their statements were taken by his step mothers nephew. I adopted 3 of his sons, I have an ex parte on him and her to protect me & the boys. Ozark County stated if I continue w...

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    You should do three things. 1. Immediately report what happened to the police. 2. Ask the court for an order of protection against both of the assailants, or if you already have one then report that to the poice as well. 3. Contact an aggressive attorney who has experience in both criminal law and orders of protection/family law, and ask them to help you with the case. You might even want to contact the closes Legal Services Agency if you cannot afford an attorney. Good Luck.

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  • I have soul/physical custody of my son. Can the fathers rights be taken away?

    The father has not seen, or talked to my son for over a year. There has been 67.00 in support sent in the last 2 years. My son was violent and suicidal at 5 years old cause his dad told him he was going to kill himself when I left him. There was a...

    Debbie’s Answer

    It is impossible for someone to advise you fully based on the information we have. It is sometimes possible to have parental rights extinguished but it is rare, and only done as an extraordinary remedy. It is generally done only when the court sees that the child is somehow endangered or if there is a step father ready to step in and the biological father is willing to give up his rights. A big issue is going to be WHY the father has not seen the child, whether he has chosen that or whether you have prevented it, whether he woudl be involved if allowed, etc. As I indicated, very many factors are part of the analysis. This is NOT something you should do without an attorney, and my suggestion is that you talk to more than one attorney to make sure you are not throwing good money after bad. Good Luck!

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  • Can a nonprofit company be localized to colleges? can the organization hold events to sell product to raise money?

    scholarships and raising money for the expansion of the organization

    Debbie’s Answer

    There are numerous goals and purposes of non profits. However, it is impossible to answer your questions without seeing your original documents which set up the non profit. In those documents, you can determine what purposes are set forth in those documents. Once you know that, you will be able to determine how you can raise money. It is possible for non profits to raise money by having events, it happens quite frequently, but you will have to review your individual limitations by reviewing the documents that set up the company. Good Luck!

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  • Does "D 001 MISC ACTION BY CLERK NON-SERVICE DISMISSAL NON-SERVICE ORDER" mean the divorce is final or not?

    It says also DISPOSITOIN 08/22/2012 NSD MAC

    Debbie’s Answer

    What it sounds like is that the other party was not served, that too much time has passed, and no summons was requested, and that the court dismissed the case. This sometimes happens when the other party has not been served with the petition.

    I am not completely sure that this is what you are reading, but I believe that is it. If you look in Missouri casenet you can determine whether the case was dismissed or not. Good Luck!

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