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  • Can a parent legally make a child get her ears pierced

    Can a parent legally make a child get her ears pierced and make her wear earrings if the child does not give consent? The other parent does not care and child custody is not an issue.

    Neil’s Answer

    I'd be very confident in telling you NO.

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  • My ex wants to bring our child to court

    My ex has our child for the summer, her first summer in 12 years, our child was unable to do some things that she has done every summer but couldn't because it would affect her mothers parenting time, her mother has somehow convinced her to ask me...

    Neil’s Answer

    The court, in my opinion, more than likely will have no conversation with your daughter if she merely brings her to court. All the Judges I've known in my 44 years of practice frown upon litigants bringing children to court proceedings unless directed to do so for an interview or some other reason. Then again, I do not know the Judges in your county to be able to make a definitive statement as to whether he/she will speak with your daughter. Make sure you're represented by an experienced family law attorney.

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  • What can I do when someone is harassing/black mailing me

    A friend of mine put me & my daughter on his phone contract we pay for it they are just in his name he tells me if I don't call him he will shut the phones off he does this mutiple times a week , & treats me horrible he stalks our call logs & text...

    Neil’s Answer

    I wouldn't call it "blackmail`" Take Ms. Ballast's advice. Have you reported the harassment to the police? If not, I would do so.

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  • When my son and his wife get divorced in Sept. can she leave the state with their 2 children?

    They have joint custody, but she has physical custody.

    Neil’s Answer

    Not without consent of her husband and/or permission of the court. Every Judgment of Divorce must contain language that states: The domicile or residence of the minor children shall not be removed from the State of Michigan without the prior approval of the Court or the Court's successor. This means approval of the Judge who granted custody or whatever subsequent Judge is assigned this case. If she had sole legal and sole physical custody of the children would outcome would more than likely be different.

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  • Can a mother get back custody of a child after she willingly signs custody over to the father?

    My fiancee has a son with an ex gf. She wanted to move out of state with her new husband and other kids but my fiancee would not sign off on his son to leave with them. She wanted to leave so she had to sign the boy over to him. She did so and it ...

    Neil’s Answer

    First, let me state that no one is able to tell you whether a party will win or lose a case. In order for her to prevail she must first file a motion to change the custody. She must establish that there has been a significant change in circumstances since entry of the Order which transferred custody to him. If she is unable to convince the court that there has not been such a change, then the court should deny her request for custody. I cannot tell you how a judge would rule, as there are no known facts or history. I highly encourage you to retain the services of an experienced family law attorney in your community, as issues of this nature can be quite complex.

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  • I am getting a divorce and I bought a new ish truck can she take it or make me sell it to give her half she also has a car

    I got a new ish truck and don't want to sell it to give her half or have her take it from me when she has her own car we do not have any kids together my name is the only name on the loan she has nothing to do with it please help

    Neil’s Answer

    It could depend on a number of factors such as the length of your marriage, the source of a down-payment. etc. Everything is subject to negotiation in a divorce action when it comes to dividing assets. The court could determine the net values of each vehicle and equalize the values which might require 1 party to pay the other party something to equalize the net values. You would be wise to retain the services of an experience family law attorney to process your divorce action.

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  • What can she do?!

    When my mother's divorce was finalized in 87' my father was ordered to pay child support. With a grand total of about 60 thousand dollars now. (She has 3 children with him, and it's now 2016) ...

    Neil’s Answer

    Much would depend on how old the youngest of the 3 children is, when the support obligation ended, and the date of the last child support payment. There is something called the Statute of Limitations which sets time limits in which a particular type of lawsuit can be filed. In support cases there is a 10 year limitation period when it comes to collecting child support. You really need to consult with an experienced family law attorney in your area so you can provide additional information needed to answer your question.

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  • Filing for custody?

    I just left my boyfriend this week. He is the father of my 2 children. I am currently staying with my parents until I get my own place. When I go to file for custody, do I go by the county that we originally lived in, or the county we are curre...

    Neil’s Answer

    First, I would suggest you engage the services of an experienced and knowledgeable family law attorney, as matters could become complicated if the separation is not mutual. One must file for custody in the county where the children are residing. You should attend to getting your property out of his home as soon as possible.

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  • Why would a judge issue an order for parenting time then say a previous order supersedes the current order?

    In a divorce both parents were granted parenting time (mother gets kids during school year/father gets summers). Last year, the wife got a PPO against the husband. In July 2015, the court issued an order clarifying how the PPO effects the custody ...

    Neil’s Answer

    One would have to know the particulars of your case. What does the PPO say regarding kids? Wasn't the husband at the PPO hearing, or the hearing relating to the parenting time and how it is affected by the court's ruling? What do the competing court orders specifically state? Someone should engage an experienced family law attorney to look more deeply into the matter.

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  • Divorce Will doing a lease purchase through a trucking company mean I have to pay alimony after only 7 months of marriage?

    I am looking into a lease purchase program through a trucking company and am in the process of a divorce. If I sign up her name won't be on any of the lease papers. And technically I won't own the equipment I will be leasing to own it. Will that e...

    Neil’s Answer

    Just make sure you get a family lawyer to represent you. Alimony for a 7 month marriage? The likelihood of there being an award of alimony is as likely, in my opinion, as you being able to sprout wings and fly.

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