my child went to school and said that she was being mentally physically and emotionally abused that she was seeing and hearing a little girls voice and she was threatening to harm herself but never has. She has been aout the home for 2 months I've...
When the Department of Family and Children's Services (DFCS) removes a child from a parent's home, their goal is usually to find a way to reunify parent and child. Thus, they come up with a plan for how to resolve the pending problem. If you have been given a case plan, you need to follow it. If you have not yet been given a case plan, you need to continue to contact your case manager to find out what the plan is.
Your best path towards reunification is to make it abundantly clear to the case manager that you are willing to do whatever it takes to both have your child return AND protect your child's welfare. Thus, you communications with the case manager (and with the child's temporary guardian) must be made with a spirit of cooperation in addition to determination.See question
My soon to be exhusband (he filed), has a drug and alcohol addiction. He has been in rehab twice. At our temporary hearing, he advised the court that he attends AA, and has since last year- which he hasn't. He was given unsupervised visitation eve...
Before anyone can suggest what type of custody/visitation your ex should have, they would have to have a lot more information. The only thing that can be said with certainty is that you would be best served by having an attorney representing you in this divorce. There are a number of options for protecting your child's welfare; and an attorney can help you decide what options are best for you; as well as help you with presenting information to the court in such a way so as to ensure the best possible outcome for your child.
Contact an attorney as soon as possible.See question
My ex refuses to have any contact with me. We have been divorced for over a year now. We have joint custody but my 17 year old son chooses not to have contact with me, that is fine he is a teenager! But my ex will not let me know what is going o...
Your only real option for addressing your ex-husband's failure and refusal to communicate would be to file a court action against him. However, since your son is very close to the age of automatic legal emancipation, there is little to no point in taking this matter to court. Your best option would be to continue to try reaching out to your son directly (without going through the father). As he grows up, as long as you keep trying, he may eventually return to wanting a relationship with you.See question
I live in columbus ga and the father to my unborn child is in jail. Our baby boy is due any day now and I don't know if he will make it home in time. Can our little boy still have his father's last name even if he is not present for the birth or a...
Yes, you can give your child it's father's last name even though the father is incarcerated on the day the child is born. The father can also be listed on the birth certificate and sign a Voluntary Paternity Acknowledgment, despite not being present at the hospital at the time of the child's birth.See question
Per our divorce decree my ex was to make by the beneficiary of his Survivors Benefits but per what I am reading he only had a year of our divorce to take that election. I did not do so either because I didn't know I had to. I thought that it was u...
There are definitely options despite it being more than a year since the divorce; but your specific options depend on the specifics of your case. It could be that he could be found to be in contempt of court; but that depends on the wording of the order granting you the status of SBP beneficiary.
You need to sit down with an attorney to discuss your options. The sooner that you do so, the better.See question
Custody sought of daughter whom I raised since birth up until 2 1/2 years ago when abusive ex husband gained custody even though thete are documented incident reports and 911 records and a guilty plea and conviction of attempted rape, false impris...
When one asks about "reporting" abuse, it is presumed that you are referring to filing a report with the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS). A Guardian ad Litem (GAL) is generally not one the list of individuals/professions that are required to make reports to DFCS.
If your question is actually about reporting the abuse to the Court, the GAL only files a report if the case proceeds to a final hearing. It is generally expected that the report that the GAL submits to the court for the final hearing will include a summary of everything that the GAL learned during the investigation into the child's best interest. However, each side/party also has the right to cross exam the GAL during the final hearing. So if the GAL does not mention the abuse (and other stuff) in the report or during the principal testimony during the final hearing, you can ask questions about why the information was omitted from the report and how it factored into the GAL's recommendations for custody.
Whether you have to go to a specific lab or may be tested at the lab of your choice depends on factors that you have not presented in your question. (e.g. Who asked/told you to get tested? Was there an order? Did the order specify the test and/or testing facility?) You will need to contact the source of the testing requirement to find the answer to your question, or consult directly with an attorney.
It is almost never a good idea to argue a custody case before a judge without an attorney when there are experts and professionals (e.g., opposing counsel) involved. You should give serious consideration to hiring an attorney; or at least meeting with you to assist you in preparing for your final hearing. There are very likely details about your case that matter more than you realize and that you will need help with addressing in court.See question
My daughter and I lived with my ex husband for the past 17 years. He's put me through so much mental abuse over the years. I retreated into a shell. I'm estranged from my family I have almost no friends. It's difficult for me to seek help. A few...
Your question is very difficult to answer as it is unclear what the "something" is that you are considering doing. There are also many questions about your situation (such as whether your child is also your ex-husband's child and if so, whether there is an order in place; and if so, whether he is abiding by the terms of the order).
You should definitely seek help! Most communities have centers or shelters that can assist the victims/survivors of domestic violence. Those centers can also direct you to other resources (including possibly legal assistance and counseling) to address your various needs.
Think of the fire as a blessing (it rescued you from continuing to live with an abusive person), and start building a better life for you and your daughter.See question
When child support is ordered for a child (16 months old), do I have to use that for a licensed daycare or can I use it to pay an independent person who cares for a few children in their own home?
The purpose of child support is to assist the parent with paying for any and all of the child's needs. Unless you have an order that specifies otherwise, there are no rules regarding what it is spent on, as long as it benefits the child. Therefore, you are free to enroll your child in either a licensed daycare or an independent care provider. The choice is yours.See question
I have custody of my 16 year old son and he refuses to visit his mother without being made against his will. He even refuses to talk to her . How can I have visitation modified so that he will be willing to go to see her without being afraid of be...
You can modify the parenting time (or visitation) portion of a custody order by merely filing a complaint/petition with the Court that issued the existing order asking that said existing order be modified to change the non-custodial parent's time. You will have the burden of proving that the changes that you are requesting are in the child's best interest.
It is difficult to understand how modifying the order could possible change your son's view and opinion about spending time with his mother. Considering your son's age, the time and expenses associated with all custody/parenting time cases, and the general concern usually associated with a child refusing to spend time with a parent; you should consider meeting with an attorney (and having your child meet with a counselor, psychologist, and/or psychiatrist) before you file anything with the court.See question
My brother has primary physical custody of my niece and her mother pays her child support but has not had visitation in almost a year. He is wanting to take her back to court for more child support and to have her split the cost of counseling for ...
Courts very rarely take an action that was not requested by one of the parties. Additionally, public policy prefers to NOT terminate parental rights (unless there is someone else wanting to take the place of the terminated parent or there is an extreme possibility of harm to the child if rights are not terminated) as doing so means that the terminated parent no longer has an obligation to support the child.
It is highly unlikely that court in your brother's case would terminate the mother's rights. Rather, her failure and refusal to exercising visitation could be a reason to increase child support. Your brother should meet with an attorney to discuss his options and what he should/could expect.See question