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Pamela Sarah Boshears

Bloomington Family Law Attorney.

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  1. Hi i'm 7 months pregnant and the father of my child just left me and decided to marry another woman while i'm still pregnant.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Pamela Sarah Boshears
    2. Julie Stephens
    2 lawyer answers

    He cannot voluntarily terminate his parental rights unilaterally. In Indiana parental rights can only be terminated in the context of an adoption (where both parents consent to terminate their rights so that adoptive parents can assume those rights) or a proceeding initiated by DCS. Fathers can and sometimes do get custody of their children. As an unmarried mother you will have full custody by default. In order to get custody, he would need to acknowledge paternity (unless you were married...

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  2. Can I move out at 17 in Indiana?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Pamela Sarah Boshears
    2. Larry David Stassin
    2 lawyer answers

    You don't have the legal right to move out without your mom's consent for no reason until you're 18 in Indiana. There is a possibility that you and your friends' parents could get in trouble if you run away to their house. Even if you cross state lines, there is a possibility that police in another state would return you to your parents in Indiana. Even if you don't get caught, living on your own and hiding from the authorities in a place where you have no money and no job and don't know anyone...

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  3. Child support was terminated in Chicago, Illinois and reopened in Texas

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Pamela Sarah Boshears
    2. Larry David Stassin
    2 lawyer answers

    Without looking at the documents it's hard to be sure, but there could be a new legal Texas child support order. In Texas child support can continue past age 18 as long as the child is a high school student. If your 18 year old daughter is still in high school, you may still legally be required to pay child support for a few more months. Here's a link to the statute. You should talk to a Texas lawyer if you can't or won't pay.

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  4. What are the steps I need to take to get a child support modification reduction in Chicago?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Pamela Sarah Boshears
    2. David Matthew Gotzh
    2 lawyer answers

    This is something you can do yourself if you can't afford a lawyer. It is not easy, but it is possible. There is a step by step guide to "Changing Child Support Payments" on illinoislegalaid.org. If you cannot afford to pay the court filing fee, you should start by completing a petition to get your court costs waived. Then, you will need to prepare a Petition to Modify Child Support and several other notices and disclosures. The forms are all included in the illinoislegalaid site. There is an...

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  5. Can I sue my son school for making him sick

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Pamela Sarah Boshears
    2. Christine C McCall
    3. Marilynn Mika Spencer
    3 lawyer answers

    Yes, it is possible for you to sue the school. Whether or not you will win and whether or not it is a good idea to sue the school are much more difficult questions. Your suspicions won't be persuasive without a medical opinion that is inconsistent with the school nurse. If you have not taken your kid to a doctor already, do so right now. Suggest that the other kids' parents take them to doctors as well. A doctor might know whether this was the flu or food poisoning or something else. You...

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  6. Im 17 about to be 18 in july and i really like this guy and we have had sex and he is 23 can he get in trouble?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Pamela Sarah Boshears
    2. Gregory Philip Bowes
    2 lawyer answers

    The age of consent in Indiana is 16 and it sounds like you enthusiastically consented so this is not a crime. Here's a link to the relevant statutes in case you're interested. Have fun!

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  7. How can I get an emergency order of protection expunged from my record? This was a civil case but it was filed as an emergency.

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Pamela Sarah Boshears
    2. David Matthew Gotzh
    2 lawyer answers

    You can't remove or expunge a civil order of protection in Illinois, whether or not it was an emergency order. You can't expunge other civil judgments either. For example, if someone sued you for breach of contract, you could not get that expunged. It is not a criminal record. The emergency order of protection is only valid for a short time. If the other party seeks a longer-term plenary order of protection, you can go to that hearing and contest it.

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  8. Can i sue my child mother

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Pamela Sarah Boshears
    2. Lauren Craig Redmond
    3. Bruce E. Burdick
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree that this is a question about child custody and family law, not libel, unless there is something else going on that you didn't explain in the question. Your child's mother may or may not be required to communicate with you and make decisions together about your child's medical, dental, and school issues. If you already have a court order (from a divorce or parentage case) for joint custody which specifies that she must confer with you about these decisions, you would be well within your...

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  9. Can I be held in contempt of court for visitation if no visitation was established by the court?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Pamela Sarah Boshears
    2. Larry David Stassin
    2 lawyer answers

    Your child's father can file a petition asking the court to do all kinds of crazy things, and the court can say no. This often happens when people write their own pleadings without counsel. If he has no court-ordered parenting time schedule, you cannot possibly be held in contempt of court for not following it. However, be careful! If he has established paternity, there may be a court order that simply refers to the Indiana Parenting Time Guidelines or orders you to agree on reasonable...

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  10. Does Indiana Law prevent a Father from giving up his parental rights?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Pamela Sarah Boshears
    2. Katherine Elizabeth Flood
    3. Jay Bodzin
    3 lawyer answers

    She's right. The reason for this rule is that generally it is almost always in the child's best interest for both parents to support the child. Even if Dad does not want to see the child or pay child support and Mom does not want his help, under the law he has a duty to provide support. Parents can't file their own termination petition but DCS or an adoption agency can file a petition to terminate parental rights in order to facilitate an adoption or protect a child who is being abused or...

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