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  • Who do I turn to for help with filing a modification for child custody? And who can represent me?

    I have two children with my ex husband. We have a custody agreement where I get them 1 or 2 24hour periods a week. Two weeks ago he stopped letting me see them. He first gave me an excuse saying children and youth were involved. I contacted them a...

    Michelle’s Answer

    You need to file a complaint for custody and request specific periods of time with the children. You may do this on your own, or a smarter way to proceed would be to retain an attorney to represent you in doing so. A lot of attorneys, like myself, accept payment plans. Check out this site to search for attorneys and read their reviews before making a decision. Good luck!

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  • I have no legal representation as of yet can I still contact my ex's attorney to try to settle things out of court?

    I obtained a temporary PFA against my ex in which he was served and then turned around and filed a PFA against me. I have full custody of the children with my PFA and he was evicted from our home. We had a court hearing on August 2nd which a con...

    Michelle’s Answer

    Yes, you may contact your ex's attorney to try and settle it but it is never wise to tread legal waters without an attorney.

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  • Why can't she move?

    Ok my friend was a pfa against her soon to be ex-husband, has primary custody of their daughter and is following every word that her lawyers say. She is working but he is not paying any support and she can't afford to live in this area. Her intend...

    Michelle’s Answer

    Because the custody statute requires parties looking to relocate to follow the provisions of 23 PA.C.S section 5337. I suggest having your girlfriend consult with her attorney regarding her specific questions and/or if she feels that her working relationship with her current counsel is not a good one, that she consult with a new attorney. Good luck.

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  • Grandparents Rights in Pa.

    They are asking for visitation rights of my 2 1/2 year old son. I am married and we do live together. They are stating due to my mental illness of being depressed, having anxiety and personality disorder that he could be a threat. Yes I did cut th...

    Michelle’s Answer

    I'm not sure of the facts of your case as stated in your question. Who has a mental health issue? I suggest you contact an attorney swap to discuss the specifics of your case. A lot of us practice in Dauphin County and have our ratings posted on Avvo. Good luck!

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  • I'm wondering how to go about getting temporary custody of kids

    I already have them and parents don't want them and are using drugs

    Michelle’s Answer

    I suggest you retain an attorney to file for emergency custody of the children. You may file under the in loco parentis provision of the custody statute. Good luck!

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  • Do I have the right to know my ex husbands address, since my child goes there?

    I want to file for custody, but my ex husbands girlfriend does not want me to have her address, even though he lives there and my child goes there. What can I do?

    Michelle’s Answer

    The Complaint for Custody must be mailed to his last known address for Family Business Court. At that time he must fill out a criminal history certification and reveal his address. I suggest that you contact an attorney that practices in Lancaster County to discuss this matter in more detail as soon as possible. Good luck!

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  • What do i do when i want custody of my child and the parent that does have custody lives in new york???

    My daughter is 5 and her mother has denied me visiting and the chance of knowing my daughter since she was months old. I am 22 and i denied my daughter when she was younger because her mom was doing some wrong things and now i want to see my daugh...

    Michelle’s Answer

    You need to hire an attorney that practices in the county in New York where the child resides. Good luck.

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  • Can I get full custody of my 2 daughters?

    Father has been in and out of jail forDUI's and driving w/out a licence (still on probation). He continues to drink EVERY day, goes out drinking and driving w/out a licence coming home wasted. (One night hes drunk, cookin, passd out almost burning...

    Michelle’s Answer

    Until you file for custody, you and your husband have equal rights to the children, and may remove them from the Commonwealth without the other's permission. Taking into consideration your husband's criminal history and continued abuse of alcohol, I believe a Court may grant you primary custody of your children. Consult with an attorney to discuss this matter in detail so that they may explain how DUIs trigger the 5329 provision of the custody statute as well as other issues specific to your case. I, as well as others on AVVO practice in Berks and would be happy to assist you in the filing of a Complaint For Custody. Good luck!

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  • What is the filing process for joint custody? Can a having a lawyer beforehand make it quicker for the courts to decide on it?

    I would like to file for joint custody but want to know if I should hire an attorney before I do so or if i have time to find one after filing. What are the advantages of getting an attorney before? Do they file it for me or make it faster? I had ...

    Michelle’s Answer

    I advise hiring an attorney to prepare the Complaint for Custody so that you're criminal history issues may be addressed properly.

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  • How can I get custody back? Will them papers work?

    My mom has custody of my daughter which is now 1 though a judge and I wanna get custody back how can I do that? I heard i had 6 months to change my mind and my mom signed papers in them 6 months to give me custody back would the work? Would I have...

    Michelle’s Answer

    Retain an attorney to file a Petition for Modification. There is no waiting requirement.

    Good luck!

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