I just received a final order after a 30 day conference and a new parent plan was added to it without my knowledge. The new parent plan was not discusssed in court.
I agree with my colleagues that a Final Order usually means that the case is over with and closed. You do have time to appeal but you must act quickly on this and, I agree with Mr. Ashman, you should definitely have a lawyer if you are going to do it. You may also want to have a consultation with a lawyer to discuss your case in more detail. My guess is that parenting time was discussed at the status conference and the Judge entered a new Parenting Plan that did not reflect what you requested. If that is the case, it is likely just the Judge acting in his/her discretion and entering a PArenting Plan that he/she believed to be in the best interest of the minor child/ren. If you want to be sure though, you should sit down with an attorney and discuss what happened at the status conference and review your PArenting Plan.See question
I witnessed my mother emotionally abusing my five year old son. I recognized this form of abuse because this is what I used to experience as a child. After this situation took place. I politely asked my parents to give me some space. I also ex...
You should call and speak with an attorney today. A lot is going on in your case and you would be better off working with an attorney on it. A Guardian might actually be helpful to you if your allegation of your Mother abusing your son is true. I would call an attorney ASAP!See question
It is stated in my divorce court documents that I am to pick up and drop off my son whenever I see/get him. At the time, he only lived 20 minutes away. Two months ago my ex-wife got remarried and moved my son 6.5 hours away. She is now refusing to...
I agree with my colleagues. You may want to consider filing a modification action because that is quite the move and the driving distance has a direct impact on your parenting time with your son. I'd speak with an attorney ASAP on this!See question
My ex and I have never been married and he is abusive. Does he have any legal rights to the baby? Am I allowed to move where ever I want?
Unless and until your ex boyfriend files a legitimation action to establish his custodial rights, he does not have any rights to the child. He still has an obligation to pay child support. There is nothing to stop you from moving where you want but this will likely impact things if your ex boyfriend has been exercising parenting time. He can file to legitimate at any time.See question
Son legitamized but wants to come with dad because of physical and emotional abuse. But hes seven
I agree with my colleagues. You would need to file a Modification of Custody action to have your son reside primarily with you. Your son is too young to express his preference to the Court but you could ask for a Guardian ad Litem to be appointed who can investigate the situation and speak to your son. I would definitely recommend consulting with and ultimately retaining a lawyer to work with on your case.See question
I am getting divorced and I am representing myself. Will I need to prepare an opening statement?
If you are going to a trial, then, yes, you would not only need to prepare an opening statement but you will also need to prepare for your entire case which includes your testimony, any witnesses you may have, cross-examinations of the other side and their witnesses and a closing argument. It also includes preparing what exhibits you may use and how to admit those exhibits. If you are going to a trial, I'd recommend that you speak with and/or consult an attorney to represent you.See question
My husband & I have been married for 27 yrs. He has become ill, (bipolar manic depression), & has been hositalized 3 times, (Floyd Behavioral Health). My situation has become quite complex because it involves property, incomes, our joint bank acc...
You need an attorney to help you navigate everything that is going on. Your situation is more complex than most. Call an attorney ASAP!See question
I have been incarcerated for 8 years. When I got locked up at age 20, I did not know I had a child. My daughters mother never told me that I was her father. My daughters mother died. I need to know how I can go about getting custody of her. My dau...
You are right that you need to legitimate your child and then start working on your custodial relationship with your daughter. Your situation is delicate and tricky because you have not seen your daughter before. Call an attorney today to get some help with your situation.See question
Not married to mother. She left me with the child at approximately 2 yrs of age. She was in and out of trouble with drugs and felony shoplifting. She has since In the last 3 years recovered herself and has been doing well. She had begun to pay...
I agree with my colleagues. If you have not legitimated your son, your ex girlfriend can take your son at any time and you will have no recourse. The police will be powerless to do anything. You need an attorney and need to file to legitimate ASAP ASAP ASAP. After that, you and your attorney can discuss parenting time for your ex girlfriend depending on her situation.See question