The short answer is that the IRS doesn't care who claims the kids and they will allow the claim to the first person who claims them. However, you may run into trouble with the Family Court if you do not follow a court order. I assume, as a Greenville County family lawyer, you had your agreement incorportated into a court order at the time of the divorce. If so, you probably need to have a family law attorney review the order or agreement you have to better advise you on how to proceed.
Once an adoption is properly entered it cannot be undone. Your rights must be terminated before an adoption can be entered. Before your rights to be terminated you will have to be notified and have a right to be present at a hearing to argue why your rights should not be terminated. You may even be appointed an attorney for this proceeding.
There are a number of factors that will determine the answer to your question. If the officer was giving alcohol to the minor in an attempt to alter his state of mind ot commit a crime then yes it is illegal. However, if the minor has a propensity to use the alcohol and sell the drugs anyway then the investigtor's actions may be valid and hold up in court.
No child gets to decide which parent they want to live with unless the parents agree to allow the child to decide. Even then the court may not apporve such an agreement. Normally, the judge will take a child's wishes into consideration as part of their determinaiton as to what is in the best interest of the child. Usually a Guardian Ad Litem is appointed to meet with the children and represent their interests to the court without the child speaking to the judge.
You never know what a jury will do, espeically in Polk County. If you go to trial generally he will be found either guilty or not guilty by the jury on the felony and cannot reduce it to a misdemanor unless the law specifally allows that. It's also unclear from your post how the medical bills will be paid, is there a restituion order attached to the plea deal? You may have better luck with a civil lawsuit to collect for the medical bills.
If you were not given proper notice of the court proceedings in Tennessee you may be able to get that order overturned. You are looking at a court fight. You should meet with a family law attorney as soon as possible to fully explore all of your options. It would be very helpful if you had a copy of the Tennessee court order for the attorney to review when you meet with them.
You have a constituional right to the custody and control of your child. Your father cannot obtain custody of your child unless you act inconsistent with your rights as a parent or you are deemed to be unfit as a parent. From what you have described, he will not likely be able to obtain custody of your daughter.
Generally, a person can live with anyone they want to unless they are a minor and their parent does not consent to such a situation. Just becuase a person lives with you and pays rent does not mean you can automatically adopt their child.
Adoption requires that the biological parents (both the mother and the father) either consent to the adoption (give up their rights) or their rights have to be terminated by a court. Once the parents consent or have their rights terminated you have to go...
The short answer is that it can be. There are a number of factors that the court will take into consideration. A consultation with an expereienced family law attorney is probably wise to flesh out this and other property division issues.
Her actions are criminal if she collects money from people under a false pretense. If she tells people the money is for your son's travel and medical expenses and then spends the money on herself or something else then she has commited a crime. However, if she is using the money for your son's medical expenses she has done nothing wrong. She does not have to give the money to you or spend it how you tell her to (i.e.- she can pay a medical bill directly with the money, etc.)