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  • What do i do about getting my divorce from him . He wont give me one ???

    My husband and i got married well then he had to go to work out of town and i was a house wife. He took me out of town with him and beat my head off the wall . And gave me something with my head . Well than he is in a realtionship with his ex wife...

    Loretta’s Answer

    You do not need his consent to get a divorce. You need legal counsel to file a complaint for divorce with the court. If you do not have funds to do this you can contact your local legal aid office and get on their list for counsel. You may need to wait a few months if their work load is heavy. Good Luck.

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  • Do I have a case to get more custody of my daughter with these circumstances? Will my daughter be able to have any input?

    I have a shared parenting plan for my 5 year old daughter. I currently get her every other weekend and every Wednesday from 3-6pm. On the weeks I don't have weekend custody, I get her an extra weekday. Our custody agreement states that the parents...

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    You should seek counsel with a local attorney to review and discuss this situation, your option and possible court procedure. Attorney King is correct in that it is difficult to predict what the court will do. However, with counsel you should be able to ascertain the strengths and weaknesses of going for more time. The current situation, if accurate, sounds pretty awful. When you set a consultation, take your current shared parenting plan with you, any emails or texts that support your concerns. You may also want to set out a time frame of events in order to more accurately review the situation. Good Luck.

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  • How can I stop Child support for my child's father?

    I had a baby August 2014 , my job did not have paid maternity leave so I went through Job and Family Services for financial assistance until I started working. During that time they went after my son's father for child support, cause I was on govt...

    Loretta’s Answer

    First, fair or not, if you are on government assistance then Father will be expected to pay support. He cannot simply forgo his financial obligation. As for the current order, if you are living together, then action needs to be taken to terminate the order. One or both of you need to obtain legal counsel on this matter. The arrearage may or may not be able to be reduced/eliminated depends on the facts of when it was incurred and what assistance was being obtained by you. The future order can be modified or terminated since you are currently living together. Please get a consult with counsel to resolve this matter.

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  • What could warrant co-parents with a 50/50 SPP to court ordered communication exclusively through an approved online service?

    I am a SM to my SO and BF of two children, SD11 and SS7. Communication between BF and BM is horrible, even though it's in writing 99% of the time through email or text. The communication includes profanity, name calling, insults, and never incl...

    Loretta’s Answer

    I did not completely follow your acronyms for the relevant persons in this inquiry. The concerned parent should seek a legal consultation with a local attorney and discuss the matter. The parent will want to take a copy of the shared parenting plan and same of emails/text messages along. The parent needs to inquire about such online services and whether the local court recommending such services. Also, the parent will want to discuss the terms of the shared parenting plan regarding communication, the issues with communication, etc. The issue is whether the shared parenting plan should be modified to require an online service for communication and or if there is a reason to terminate the plan. The parent should remember that no court order can make a parent communicate reasonably without profanity and name calling. This should be discussed with counsel to see what solution or resolutions may be available especially if it is affecting the children.

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  • Does she take the meeting with her ex husband's lawyer or just go to court on Friday without meeting hIm?

    A friend of mine, she has a shared parenting plan with her ex, which he has not gone by at any time. In June, he refused to take his kids back into his house. She has emails from him saying he doesn't want visitation. Then he moved away with his n...

    Loretta’s Answer

    Your friend needs to seek legal counsel and get advice on how to proceed. I never advise someone to meet with anyone when the playing filed is not level. Here it is not level if she does not have counsel. This could go south quickly (at a meeting and or court) if your friend does not retain legal counsel. She should act promptly.

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  • Can she do all of this with just having temporary custody and is a public defender going to be enough.

    My mother petitioned the court for temporary custody for one of my 4 children in the home, she is making all kinds of things up, she is trying to take me for child support, and is trying to get all of his belongings from our home. She is on welfar...

    Loretta’s Answer

    You need to seek counsel promptly. Whether that is through a public defender or private counsel is up to you. You need to make that decision based on your meeting with the respective attorney and your financial situation. In any event, you need to have legal representation. What you are saying about your Mother makes it sound as if she does not have a chance, but don't rely on that. The court will make its own determination based on all the facts and circumstances. You need counsel to be sure you get all the relevant facts into the record. Please seek counsel promptly, delay is not advised.

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  • Wife has sole custody of children, father has not made contact in 6 years until yesterday.

    My wife has had sole custody for her two daughters from a previous marriage for just over 4 years, where the father has been out of their lives for over 6 years, no child support paid, multiple violations requiring court, no license, no job, lots ...

    Loretta’s Answer

    Please have your wife seek an immediate consultation with counsel. If there is a current court order providing Father parenting time, it is the current court order. However, if there has been no contact for an extended period of time, then Father is a stranger. She should seek legal counsel to determine if and/or how she should respond. Also, she will want to discuss potential court actions, procedures, etc. She should inquire how a phased in parenting arrangement, etc.

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  • How can I get custody of my Granddaughter?

    I need an attorney who can help me file an ex parte hearing. I have had my granddaughter since my daughter was incarcerated-- even before that. She may have had her for a total of four weeks. Last night, csb said she can take her after telling me ...

    Loretta’s Answer

    If you cannot afford an attorney then call legal aid and see if you can get help. You should also try to get funds together for at least a consultation with an attorney to help you determine what actions need to be taken and what type of data and documentation needs to be gathered. Custody hearings are never simple, easy or quick. This are difficult hearings with alot at stake. If you cannot get an attorney through legal aid you should seriously consider speaking with family or friends about support so you can retain counsel.

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  • Do I need a custody attorney

    My daughter was given to my ex husband in court in 2004 he took off with her across state line without my knowledge now my daughter has found me through face book and has told me children services took her from her dad in June for abuse I need to ...

    Loretta’s Answer

    I agree with my colleagues in their answers. You should seek an immediate consultation with an attorney in the area where your daughter is living. Depending on the distance you should be able to set a consultation by phone. You have a lot of catch up work to do if you are just now finding out about this. Counsel should be able to assist you in determining what the status is with children's services and how to get involved to gain custody. Please do not wait any longer, you should act promptly.

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  • I need a child custody lawyer

    I am new to this. Don't know what background to give you right here in this little block. But my name is Robert Lytle.

    Loretta’s Answer

    You should seek a consultation with counsel in your community. I generally recommend a consultation with at least two attorneys - view it as an interview. My colleague is correct you should use the "Find a Lawyer" tab at the home page to research lawyers near you. You can also check with family or friends as to what attorney they have used in the past. Even if the attorney they used was not for family law, they may provide the service or have a good recommendation.

    Good Luck.

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