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  • I am been accused of abusing my g/f 3 kids because her ex husband

    my g/f ex husband is accusing me of hitting her 3 kids he claims that i threw out one of the kids from the house then the other day he call accusing my g/f of hitting and rubbing hot peppers on the 3 year old face at the store and that he made a r...

    Adam’s Answer

    Typically in cases like this, it's never worth your time or money to sue people making accusations against you. The lawsuits are expensive and rarely ever go anywhere. You can protect yourself in this situation by keeping very detailed notes about what's going on and make very sure you stay out of trouble in the meantime.

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  • I should sue my ex-boyfriend for spending 3 yrs, and now i am in a big depression

    i am a single parent, i dated a successful man work for the city for 3 years. he promesed me that we will get married. during our relationship i have to take family counselling because he made me very sad and did not help me financially. i also w...

    Adam’s Answer

    No.

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  • My children were sexually abused while in foster-care in bridgeport ct, they need treatment, all six.

    we are residents of nc and we need financial support as we seek treatments for our children

    Adam’s Answer

    I would recommend immediately consulting with a personal injury attorney in your area. There are some things you can do now to help that process:

    1. Request your full case file from DCFS
    2. Make a timeline of all the events and when they occured
    3. Try to find documentation that you warned the worker about this placement (email, letter, etc)

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  • I got a dui with my child in the car, now cps is investigating my home, can they take my child away from me if this is my first?

    My bac was first .127 then .129 I passed four tests to determine my toxicity but I failed breath test. My bac declares I had around 2-3 beers for my weight. I cant stop thinking about my terrible mistake. It was the only time I have ever done this...

    Adam’s Answer

    CPS will be investigating to find out a couple things 1. Is this an indication of something else wrong in your home? 2. Are you willing to engage in some services to make sure it doesn't happen again.

    If this really is a one time thing, and you're willing to comply with some UA's and show that you're clean and sober, then that will definitely help. You may be asked to do some voluntary services and sign some kind of safety plan that you will not drink and drive.

    Cooperating with the social worker will help (even though they may be rude and disrespectful) and blowing off UA's will always come back to haunt you. If you have family members that can pass a background check and have no CPS history your child may be allowed to reside with them while you get your services in order.

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  • New GAL and

    I had a GAL who did not properly research my nonparental custody case. It has Ben over a year since the report was made and she was Dismissed from the case. Is there a way to petition the court for a new GAL and also get her report dismissed. As f...

    Adam’s Answer

    Snohomish county has an active guardian ad litem list which is updated yearly. You can petition the court for a new guardian ad litem by motion with notice to the other side, or if by agreement by an agreed order you can submit ex parte. If the old guardian ad litem report was not sufficient you can ask the new GAL to disregard the recommendations (if any) and point out to them why. Make sure you stay in contact with the new GAL and follow all requests for information as they are an important part of your case.

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  • Red alert..

    I had my first cps case in 2005 when cps let my baby daddy kid nap my son then close the case the next day then i get a cps case in 2008 because my neighbor lied and said my 5 year daughter was in the street twice never happened they still took my...

    Adam’s Answer

    If you've had CPS involvement in the past your prior social worker can place a hold on your child at the hospital. Your baby can be placed with a relative or in foster care upon discharge from the hospital. You can take steps to make sure that you are in a better place now such as: 1. Making sure you're getting the proper pre-natal care 2. Not missing any medical appointments for your baby 3. not giving the hospital or any staff attitude since they will be giving their impressions of you to the social worker 4. complying with any past recommendations by CPS like counseling, support groups or treatment for drug and alcohol issues.

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  • Can I still report my sons father for child abuse from 4 to 5 years ago?

    My son at age 3 months arm was broken by his father social services investigated but was unfounded. At age 14 months my sons father beat him leaving bruises and hand print marks on him. My son is 6 years old can he still be charged for child abuse...

    Adam’s Answer

    http://www.statuteoflimitations.net/virginia_statute_of_limitations.htm

    The above website outlines the statute of limitations for Virginia. You can always file complaints against anyone but the real question is what will result by you doing that. If the social services investigation resulted in an unfounded result it's highly unlikely any prosecutor will pursue something like that. It may actually look like a form of retaliation against the father since its been so long.

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  • I filed a major modification to our parenting plan and an adequate cause hearing date has been set. If the respondent does not

    respond to the petition or show up to the court date, will the judge automatically put the modified parenting plan into effect or will he/she set a court date for a trial?

    Adam’s Answer

    depending on how substantial the modification is and if it requires a changing of the primary parent or not, the commissioner may just sign the modification. Service is going to be the key issue here, make sure you have proof that he was properly and timely served with all paperwork. Family law matters are littered with people who show up the day of the hearing with nothing filed and asking for a continuance so they can either hire an attorney or file a response. Be prepared for that, and if it happens, ask for terms ($)

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  • Negligent homicide

    Can a person who was found not guilty of child abuse ( child died) be tried for negligent homicide? I know they can't be tried under the original charges because of double jeopardy.

    Adam’s Answer

    This depends if this arose out of the same incident and the prosecutor could have had the option to charge negligent homicide. Typically a not guilty verdict in a child abuse case prevents the prosecution from trying under other charges unless those have already been filed.

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  • How do I prove and fight against false CPS reports that are used as a form of harassment against myself and my husband?

    I divorced my husband in 2008, he was an alcoholic and was abusive. We have two children and I was to have them week on and off. He never paid child support or provided medical insurance as ordered per court. He also showed neglect and I eventuall...

    Adam’s Answer

    Make sure that you keep a very detailed journal timeline of exactly what occurred and when. Whenever you make a decision to cooperate with a CPS investigator just make sure you understand that you should be polite to this person, but also understand they are not your friend.

    If you receive any sort of findings in the mail or abuse or neglect you need to appeal them immediately. You should consider hiring a family law attorney in your area that can bring these issues up in front of the judge. It appears without knowing more, that your ex-husband and his girlfriend are abusing the process to harass you and that information needs to be in front of the court if you seek to modify your parenting plan in the future.

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