Ms. Sinclair is absolutely right. Voluntary termination is a widespread and common myth, and we probably get 3-5 calls about it per week. The court, however, will not voluntarily allow someone to terminate their rights, unless they are bringing evidence to court that the State should have already terminated their rights, but just hasn't gotten around to it. Examples would be convictions for violent assaults, abuse of a child, etc.
The only way someone voluntarily terminates their rights,...
The difficulty with this question is that we all want to get into the legal requirements surrounding an appeal, because that is a very unlikely direction for her to take.
The truth is, it doesn't matter whether she appeals, or simply files a motion to modify custody. Either way, she is going to have to show that what she wants is somehow in the best interest of the child.
Since you've had sole custody for three years, and she was absent for a significant period of time, it would pretty...
Mr. Williams already gave a good answer to your question. It is not unusual for a decree to be submitted after court. Also, keep in mind that Johnson County, Missouri uses visiting judges, who have offices and responsibilities in other courts. So, even once it is submitted, it can take a little while for the judge to sign.
Contact your attorney and ask when it will be submitted. Once it is submitted, you can start watching casenet to see when it is signed.
I assume that you have an attorney for your bankruptcy. This is a question to ask him/her. If you are unrepresented, you will have a VERY difficult time presenting the proper evidence to avoid those assets being included in the bankruptcy in some fashion.
If you feel that you are in danger, you can ask the Court to enter an Order of Protection, (for occurrences in Missouri), or for an Order for Protection from Abuse, (in Kansas).
Additionally, you can visit www.SelfRepresent.MO.Gov for information on how you can file your own pleadings, though it is certainly advisable that you seek ANY possible financial help from friends and families to attain legal counsel. This is a difficult and potentially hazardous road that you're on, and being...
No, your legal separation doesn't expire. A legal separation can be converted to an order of dissolution of marriage beginning 90 days after the entering of the order for legal separation. It is a fairly legal proceeding, not like going through a full divorce.
Assuming that there was a child support order that your father has not ever paid, that order was for him to pay your custodian, (probably your mother). She would be the one to try to enforce the order.