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How does a step parent get custody if both parents are no longer around?: My 4yo step son lives with me and has for over a year. His bio mother was abusive to him and thats how he came to live with my husband and I but my husband has since left us and moved to Florida. Custody has never been established in court. I currently live in Texas but am moving to Oregon on the 3rd of July. I DO NOT HAVE MONEY FOR A LAWYER which is why I have asked the question on this site. I understand it would be better to seek a lawyer. I just want to know if there is a way to get guardianship or custody or rights in an emergency manner. Thanks in advance.

Asked about 2 years ago in Child Custody

Jonathan’s answer: You'll need to file for custody eventually or you'll never really have the authority to make custodial decisions on the child's behalf. You'll need an attorney and this needs to be done asap.

Answered about 2 years ago.


What can be done if a minor child 14 yr doesn't want to be with custodial or non custodial parent.: My step daughter recently got dropped off by her brother at 2 am because thier mom was drunk and being abusive ,She doesn't want to go back home or be with us and would rather stay with family I feel this is unstable but my husband says he's afraid she'll run away and not know where she is at all. It's been 4 days now and mom has not contacted her father ,she has however contacted the daughter to tell her she was changing the locks to thier apt and she was packing her things since she didn't want to live there?! Daughter doesn't want to be with us because we have rules and structure. And child support still has to get paid it's overwhelming that mom can get a check for a child that's never home .Daughter is with us now but wants to go stay with her older sister that's 18

Asked about 2 years ago in Child Custody

Jonathan’s answer: You'll want an attorney on this one. The family dynamics at play are tough and the law does provide for changes to be made if they are in the child's best interest. I'd file for custody after consulting with a lawyer.

Answered about 2 years ago.


Is a marriage ceremony performed by an officiant who received an online license and is under the age of 18, legal?: All other items performed as required, i.e. license, waiting period, signed license then filed. To end this "marriage", what would then be necessary? Duration of "marriage"

Asked about 2 years ago in Prenuptials

Jonathan’s answer: Yes. As mentioned above the intent of the parties and appearance of authority are all part of it.

Answered about 2 years ago.