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  • Is it possible to terminate my daughters biological father's legal rights without someone else taking over?

    my daughter is now 2. just did the DNA test. her father abandoned her before birth and has never made contact, supported or even acknowledged my attempts. I want his rights terminated. I'd like my current partner to take over rights however from ...

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    I agree with my colleague. However, most people believe the adoption must be by a new spouse. That is not the case. We recently did an adoption where the parent's brother adopted her son. Please talk to an attorney about your options
    Also, if your concern is that the biological father will start requesting parenting time, there may be steps you can take in the divorce or family court to at least set out guidelines for what would need to happen before contact resumes.

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  • How do I present a family photo album as evidence of my relationship with my child in my upcoming relocation hearing?

    I have filed a response in disagreement of a relocation and up until now have done a good job of providing evidence (response) the child is better off with me but feel a photo album, rather than family/friend witnesses would better show my relatio...

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    It's VERY important that you make copies of your photo album and use those copies as the exhibits. IF you bring the original and no copies, the court must keep your original photo album, and that's certainly not good for you. I agree with my colleagues on the processes stated in their responses. It might be worth it for you to take your case management order and speak to an attorney for an hour or so to get more specific advise. Many attorneys will allow you to hire them on an hourly basis just for trial preparation.

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  • Can a lawyer with hold a parenting plan from the opposing party

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    I'd like to answer your question, but I may not have all of the information necessary.
    If the case is done, so the parenting plan has been signed by the parties and/or ordered by the court, the opposing attorney does not have to give you a copy - you can get a copy from the court. Go in person to the court clerk, or call the court clerk and ask how you make a request (you'll have to send in money for the copy)
    If the case isn't over, and the opposing counsel is drafting a parenting plan as an offer for settlement, it doesn't need to be presented until the attorney and client have gone over it and made sure it's what they'd accept.
    If the parenting plan is something which will be used as an exhibit at trial, the attorney must provide you a copy of it when all exhibits are exchanged.

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  • How do I set up a QDRO?

    As part of my divorce, my husband was supposed to give me 1/2 of his annuity by a certain date. I was told I need to set up a QDRO first. What is this and how do I do it?

    Rebecca’s Answer

    Please seek legal counsel from a divorce attorney in your area. There are some firms who specialize in drafting QDROs. It is imperative that this is done correctly for in some cases, you won't know for years if there's a problem, and then it may be too late to correct it.

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  • Can I have a contempt of court citation issued for harassment?

    Wife and I have civil restraining orders. We are divorcing. In Colorado. She has sent our realtor reems of texts harassing her. The realtor has called police. Wife also left threatening voice mail on another persons cell. Person alerted police. Sh...

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    Your realtor has done what she can to stop the behavior. Now you may want to step in. If the court ordered that you both participate with the sale, yes, you may be able to contempt her. However, that's not really your fastest, nor most effective option. I suggest you file a motion asking the court to take her out of the home sale process. Attach the stack of emails, and your realtor's affidavit, or police report as support. Ask the court to have her sign a POA for you to handle the entire home sale, and for her to have no contact with the realtor, or potential buyers. If she's living in the house, ask that she have to move out.
    Good luck.

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  • Can I sue the guardians of an alzheimer's patient or the employer for false accusations in the workplace?

    I'm a caregiver of a client who suffers from moderate alzheimer's, and his neighbor's have guardianship over his affairs. I was made aware there are cameras all around the house to protect the client. The alzheimer's patient made a false accusat...

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    You have no recourse. You are an "at will" employee and can be fired at any time, with or without cause. I suggest you start looking for new employment before something damaging is put in your file, because that may make it difficult for you to get other employment.

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  • What can i do? Can i sue or what can be done? Please help!! Is there amything i can do?

    My brother was given a 4 month puppy, she was born March 21 2016. On Wendsday July 14 it appeared she got sick. My sister knew a vet place that she felt she can trust because she knows the owner. They took her there and confirmed she had parvo. Th...

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    I'm so sorry, this is a very difficult and sad case. I agree with counsel that you may save money contacting the licensing board, however that won't recover any damages for you. This is a case you'd probably file in small claims court due to the value of the puppy, but you may really want to consider the emotional drain that accompanies a lawsuit, to determine whether or not to follow up.

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  • Who do i reach for help my home is bugged and i cant find the device. The police cant help

    Four years ago,my landlord and a superviors at my job broke into my apartment. They drugged a bottle of vodka I had in the frig and came in and stole pot. This superviors wanted to take this to the other mangers and prove i was incompetent and not...

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    Anyone who reads this post is going to have questions about your mental health. I think it would be advisable that you first go get a mental health evaluation, and do whatever treatment is advised. Then, if you start a lawsuit and someone tries to say you're imagining all this, or that you're crazy, you can have proof that you are stable.

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  • I'm 21 and I want to adopt my minor brother I have consent so how long will the whole process take and what do I have to do?

    My mother has full custody of him but she's heavily into drugs and can be very violent at times, he stays at my house often and we've already talked about me being the legal guardian, I live in Colorado (if that helps) I have a good paying job and...

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    You can get an emergency guardianship promptly (the same day, up to one week) and can get permanent guardianship (which isn't really permanent) within a few months. Adoption would take longer because of some of the background checks which need to take place. Also, although you may be able to get your mother's consent, we'd need to have his father's consent as well. Please contact an attorney and request a free consultation. Most attorneys will give you at least 30 minutes free to discuss your case. Good luck, and thank you very much for stepping up to be there for your brother.

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