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Larry Jerome Couture

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  • In Michigan if sign over my parent rights over do i still have to pay child support

    I would like to sign over my Parenteral rights over in Michigan but do I still pay for child support if the mother agrees with this.

    Larry’s Answer

    The answer depends on what you mean by signing over your parental rights. Are you talking about voluntarily giving up any claim to the child, are you talking about someone else wanting to adopt the child and you would agree or what? Usually, courts will not let someone just give up their rights to children unless there is someone in the wings to take over. Michigan may be different but I would be surprised.

    So, if all you want to do is no longer have to pay money the answer is no, you would still be obligated to pay support. If, however, someone is available to take your place and they want to do so, then yes, by signing the agreement to allow them to become the parent then you would no longer have any rights or duties.

    Talk to a lawyer and ask them their opinion.

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  • Can I sue my dad for not giving me visitation or helping me with any material needs I needed. I did bad in school as a result

    Im 18 my parents divorced when I was 6. My father stop getting me for visitation when I was 7. He would not help with anything I needed. He is on ss but never contributed to anything outside of that. I do receive a SS check but he also receives VA...

    Larry’s Answer

    You have no claim against your father. Your mother may or may not be able to go back to court to deal with college expenses depending on the law in the state that issued the support ruling to begin with. since each state is different it is hard to predict what may or may not happen. In Washington, for example, if you are out of high school and over 18 and no college support was requested before the latter of either of those two events occurred then it is too late to ask now.

    Your mother should talk to a lawyer about these issues.

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  • How to terminate a fathers right who is a registered sex offender?

    My sons father is a registered sex offender. I live in California and he has been in and out of his life. He has not paid child support or any type of support whether it be medical or child care cost as well. Things will be easier for me if I ca...

    Larry’s Answer

    The answer is that you hire a lawyer and have them handle the issues that will be coming up. Courts are reluctant to terminate a parent's rights but they do not hesitate to terminate their visitation or contact with the child, especially any contact that includes alone time or overnights if the parent is a sex offender.

    You will have to go back to court and your lawyer can handle all these issues for you.

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  • Odds of winning a custody case over my niece?

    Ive recently realized my nieces parents arent fit , they are not together both now married to others , but her mother is alcoholic / using different drugs never has been convicted or "caught" , her step father is a frequent drug user, also has f...

    Larry’s Answer

    You cannot win this case unless you have a lawyer. It is very complicated, involves a lot of investigation and two sets of parents. You do not say where the parents live and one hopes it is in you state. Nonetheless, you need to hire a lawyer to represent you and follow his or her advice to the letter.

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  • I am a custodial parent who let my child live with his non custodial parent for two years. No paperwork. Can I take him back?

    I was a single mother of three and working two jobs. my ex husband wasn't paying child support and didn't have a job. my oldest son, then 8, was having behavioral issues and I couldn't give him the attention he needed. My ex was living with his fa...

    Larry’s Answer

    You have legal custody and have a legal right to pick up the child. However, before you take such an action you should consult with a lawyer to make sure there are not special laws in Alabama that I do not know about that may have an impact. In addition, and more pointedly, you better consider the impact of your actions. You say, for example, that the boy has spent a 5th of his life in the custody of his father and has improved in his schooling and behavioral conduct. He wants to continue to live with his father and the place he currently resides. What do you think will happen if you suddenly arrive and put him in a car and drive back to Alabama? What will your home life be like then.

    These are issues that are personal more than legal but you need to think about them. I would urge you to talk this over with a professional counselor or psychiatrist before you take this step, You know, as well as I do, that taking the boy will only lead to litigation and there is a high likelihood that Alabama would cede jurisdiction to GA where the witnesses are and where the child has lived for 2 years.

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  • Can you visit an inmate in prison once you turn 18 if your parents set a restraining order at 15?

    I was involved in a rape case at 15, and they had set a restraining order until I turn 18. I think those were the conditions. He just got sentenced to 8 years while I am now 17. I am curious as to if I am able to visit him once I hit 18, or if the...

    Larry’s Answer

    Protective orders obtained by parents for minor children do not apply when the child turns 18 so the answer is, yes, at 18 you can do what you please. This is not, I repeat, not necessarily a good idea on your part however. You do not say how old the rapist is or what the circumstances were but your parents only have your best interest at heart and nothing good will come from your involvement with a criminal in prison. I urge you to think long and hard before making any rash decisions.

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  • Should I write a plea letter for my mother in a court case between her and my father covering child support for me?

    My father subpoenaed my mom to court over removal of me from the child support. I want to write a plea that this doesn't happen. My father should fill his role completely, not simply sometimes. My mom is an amazing mother. She makes sure I have he...

    Larry’s Answer

    Most courts do not take kindly to children becoming involved in their parents' legal issues. Judges do not like children even knowing about what are adult situations, I don't know about the judges in Alabama but I would caution you about getting involved. Your mother knows how to deal with issues and if, for some reasons she does not, she needs to hire a lawyer to deal with these issues.

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  • Ticket for not signaling 6 times- how can I get this plead down to school only?

    I had a migraine and was 2 minutes away from my house. Of course not thinking straight and being an idiot, I dodge through traffic 6 times according to the officer without signaling. Now I have a ticket for weaving through traffic aggressively wit...

    Larry’s Answer

    The answer deals with the method these matters are handled in New Mexico. In Washington, for example, depending on which court you might be in, you go to court, admit the infraction and ask for a deferred sentence or, in your case, a diversion to traffic school. You are entitled, in my state, to a deferred sentence if you have not had one in the past 7 years. Some courts here allow you to make the request by mail.

    I normally suggest that people talk to a local lawyer who handles traffic infractions. Even if they hire the person the cost of the lawyer is usually a lot less than the increased insurance premium would be.

    One final solution- to sit in the courtroom of the place you will be going to in the future and see how the judge handles such matters.

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  • My son already arrested during 18 months break probation grand jury indicted a secret indicment while already arrest on drug

    drug charge during back charges on breaking probation

    Larry’s Answer

    Do you have a question? If so, please state it again because it is not clear what it is, at least to me it is not clear. You might also indicate what your interest is in this matter, besides the obvious that it deals with your adult son.

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  • Can you sue CPS for emotional distress?

    CPS came to my house back in November after my daughter's teacher singled her out and said she was dresses "inappropriate". We were told the case was unfounded and would be closed. We didn't hear anything for months, than out of the blue in June a...

    Larry’s Answer

    You do not have a right to sue CPS over this matter. While each state handles these things differently I would be very surprised if CPS does not have immunity from civil lawsuits for doing what they are required by law to do-protect children.

    You can always hire a personal injury lawyer and ask them about the potential. If they think there is merit they will let you know and if not they will let you know that as well Most PI lawyers work on a contingent fee which means they don't get paid if the don't win a case they file so they will be honest with you about this issue.

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