I am a 23 year old. I was sexually assualted by my father. My mother has never been there. I'm with biological family right now. And would like to take my family's last name (DiTillio) instead of my father's last name (White)... how do I go about ...
As an adult, which you are at age 23, you may legally change your name to any name you wish. This is not expensive but confers no legal attachment to your biological family and it does not create any new rights. You may also be "adopted" by your biological family if that's what you want and they agree. In the case of adoption, then you legally become part of the family and certain inheritance rights, etc. are created. I suggest you discuss this with a local attorney before you take any action one way or another. Good luck!See question
I have two friends who have children but are not able to care for them properly and I would like to know how I would go about adopting the children
I suggest you contact a local attorney directly. If all parties are in agreement, absent some "defect" in the proposed adoptive parents such as a criminal record, mental illness or similar problems, an adoption should be possible. The process will not be cheap or fast, but it should otherwise be relatively painless. Good luck!See question
My granddaughter lives with me . I have sole and full custody of her under Article 6. Her father is deceased and her mother's rights were taken away due to a mental illness but the mother still has visitation which I have complete control over an...
It sounds like you are this child's ONLY "parent and legal guardian" but unfortunately, the Order you have may need to be explained to the college. Without seeing the Order and knowing more about the college, it is not possible to tell you exactly what to do. Most likely, solving this problem is simply a matter of getting in touch with a responsible individual at the college and faxing over a copy of the Order with an explanation. On the other hand, it might be easier to just contact a local attorney for assistance. Good luck!See question
I am going through a custody battle with my ex. There is no custody established and we alternate weekends. And this weekend he took my 2 year old across the border without my permission. She had no previous passport and I have her birth certificat...
Your child's other parent probably should not be taking your child across any "border" without your permission. Unfortunately, if there is no court order preventing it, there's nothing you can do except go get such a court order. I suggest you contact a local attorney immediately for help filing a custody/visitation petition, then, if you can remain amicable, you can work out a formal parenting schedule and some "rules" such as "no international travel without written permission..." to be put into a court order. Good luck!See question
On Jan 1st, 2017 we lost our daughter in a terrible car accident upon her death we had temporary custody of her little boy so that she could get her life together, now we need to the procedure we need to take to get full custody of our grandson/ a...
I am sorry for your loss. It is probably very difficult for your to manage the situation you are in now, but it is very important that you speak directly with an attorney immediately. The help you need cannot be given in an online forum. You may have to initiate a court proceeding in NC or you may be able to deal with this issue in NY--it depends. There may be some issues you need to deal with in both jurisdictions. You also have to be careful dealing with DSS. You can find attorneys by searching among the profiles here on Avvo. Good luck!See question
Is it enough of a reason that the visitation schedule is not what I want, and I want more parental rights. I want custody.
Unfortunately for you, a change of mind does not equal a change of circumstances. That said, if the current schedule is not serving the child well, that may be a change of circumstances--discuss with an attorney directly. Good luck!See question
My ex is threatening to accuse me of more alleged issues that are not included on his petition for modifying. Can he do this or does he have to file a new petition? I know the original petition can be completely disproved.
In most instances, a new petition will not be required--the original petition may be amended. You will probably be best served by trying to deal with the substantive issues rather than rely upon procedural maneuvering to succeed with your case. I suggest you speak directly with an attorney who can review the petition(s) and evaluate the facts for you. Good luck!See question
I recently ended a custody battle. I have been awarded sole legal and physical custody of our two children (14 and 12). It was an emotional case but the courts still granted his father limited visitation for our eldest. A few hours on Saturday, ev...
You have to do everything you can to follow the court order, but you cannot force a 14 yr old. Perhaps you can contact the attorney who represented the children in the custody case for some assistance, or the attorney who represented you. There's lot you can do and as much or more that you shouldn't do--figuring out which is which simply cannot be done for your here in this forum. Good luck!See question
The non custodial parent and I just got together. We have the first hearing coming up. Do we still need to show up for court or will it be dismissed if none of us show up?
Yes, if nobody shows up the petition will be dismissed and a note made to the file. Failure to show is not a a good plan. Better plan is to WITHDRAW the petition, then you don't waste your time or the courts and you leave a good impression in case you do need to go back. Contact the court or go there to find out how to withdraw your petition(s). Good luck!See question
My husband took a DV plea for a 2 year stay away OOP. A custody evaluator found that we should have 50/50 joint custody. Is this possible given the DV conviction/plea and the stay away? The stay away was just modified to allow for a carve out in ...
Yes, as long as the child is not included in the OOP, you could possibly succeed with joint custody. Keep in mind, joint custody only works if the parents can communicate and make decisions together--the incidents of the past leading up to the OOP may have already made that kind of communication impossible even if technically they are permitted by the carve-out. Perhaps you should talk this through with a good local attorney who may be able to help you create a parenting plan that would work. Good luck!See question