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Erin Patricia Farley

Erin Farley’s Answers

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  • What to do about a possibly emotionally/verbally abusive parent?

    My ex husband was verbally abusive to our son yesterday and I'm concerned about how it will effect him emotionally. My son has some reading issues, so we got him into a summer reading camp to help him out. My ex came to pick the kids up yesterday...

    Erin’s Answer

    Co-parent counseling for the parents, counseling for the children. Now. In co-parent counseling, dad can be educated about verbal abuse and you two can create some agreements around his behavior. If it continues, consult a family law attorney and consider making the agreements orders.

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  • Can my family offer money to the mother of my child to allow me primary custody in California.

    The amount would far exceed what the mother would receive in child support from now until my child is 18.

    Erin’s Answer

    Explain to me how this is in the best interest of a child?

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  • Custody Evaluator: bias, how to deal with recommendation

    Private court ordered evaluator that my Ex soley choose with her attorney. I'm Pro Per. I have just received the report that he gives her sole custody and she has threatened numerous times in writing that she would move away overseas. Our s...

    Erin’s Answer

    You're going to have to hire your own expert to review the findings and, if there are discrepancies, possibly take this to trial. Please hire an attorney.

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  • Is there a way to find out who the most revered and respected attorney's are in a specific area.

    I'm seeking a new attorney and would like help distinguishing attorney reputations and past case results, I would like to hire the very best family law attorney possible. Preferably one that other attorney's would not want to litigate against and...

    Erin’s Answer

    Your questions is a bit difficult to answer. Movies generally paint barracuda attorneys as the best attorneys. In family law litigation, the barracudas can be the worst for your case because excessive litigation rips apart your family and is unecessarily expensive. In my opinion, the best family law attorneys, and those held in the highest respect, are the reasonable attorneys. You want someone who can weigh the cost/benefit analysis, and come to resolution, as opposed to someone who litigates to win. And these attorneys, the reasonable ones - the best ones - are the people with whom other attorneys enjoy working and the people that judges respect. Other attorneys are the best sources for referrals.

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  • Should a parent get custody of a child when the parent has been to jail for child abuse in the past?

    My daughters father beat a child to the point of hospitalization and now wants custody of my daughter.

    Erin’s Answer

    There are not enough facts here for a defininte answer - ie., when did this happen? Does the record clearly show the jail time was for child abuse? What are the circumstances? If you have proof of this child abuse, it would weigh heavily against custody. It appears more along the lines of supervised visitation.

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  • I need a criminal lawyer. My fiance Randy Shook might be getting charged with 2nd degree child abuse and i can't believe

    no charges are being brought on his niece Sierra.If you would like to know more please contact me.

    Erin’s Answer

    I agree with my collegaues: there are excellent criminal defense attorneys to be found on Avvo. I want to add that it is not a good idea to post names on any online forum - this is discoverable and can be used against the accused.

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  • Should I settle at $45k or go to court? What are the possible outcomes if we go to court?

    My ex and I were divorced in 2004. We decided at the time not to sell the house, and we still haven't. Since that time, I have paid the mortgage, taxes and any expenses on my own despite a stipulation in the divorce agreement that my ex would pay ...

    Erin’s Answer

    I am sorry, but this question cannot be answered with the limited information available to an online forum. Whomever answers would need more facts, would need to see the documents, and might need to know the nature of the litigators.

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  • Can my parents kick me out of the house at age 17 in California?

    My mom recently kicked me out of the house and I have no idea if she's entitled to do that or not. I'm still a minor and knowing general laws, I came to the conclusion that it would be illegal to do so. I'm not rebellious or anything that would be...

    Erin’s Answer

    I am so sorry this happened to you. First, please find somewhere safe to remain until this is worked out - I hope that a friend or relative can take you in. As an answer, your parents are responsible for you until you are 18, you become emancipated or someone else adopts you or becomes your legal guardian. If your parents are not providing you with proper care you could contact CPS or the police. You culd also call a few local family attorneys and talk with them. Many would speak with you for free as you are a minor (or at least I would hope they will!). If someone else is providing your care, then your parents would owe them support costs
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  • Im looking to get a atterny to help me get my inheriedns or my mom changed her will be for she past a way and my kid was lying o

    i need a probat atterny or a atteny that know,s how to get my inheredn,s back for me my mom changed her will on drug,s and just be for she past a way to my kid she has been telling lyes about me for 7 year,s now and she found 1 that my mom beleved...

    Erin’s Answer

    This is a probate issue - I will change the practice area for you. I imagine the attorneys will need more information, ie., what makes you think your mom was on drugs when she changed the terms?

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  • When adding papers to a case file for an upcoming court date, what papers if any do i need to file with the new information

    i got a court date set in 2 months to get child visitation and legal rights. i got it all started and found a few papers i want in the case file before i go to mediation. do i need to file FL-300 or 311 to file them with the court?

    Erin’s Answer

    File a "Supplemental Declaration" on pleading paper. The Family Law facilitator at the local courthouse can assist you.

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