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The facts are a bit unclear, but there is an interstate compact allowing authorities in one state to enforce paternity and support orders in another.  For background on how such cases work, -->
.  Ignoring it is probably not a good idea; you should consult with a family law specialist who, with knowledge of the background facts, should be able to advise how you should proceed.... Read More
The facts are a bit unclear, but there is an interstate compact allowing authorities in one state to enforce paternity and support orders in... Read More
This has the ability to reflect poorly on her in court. You should have retained an attorney yourself. If you are looking to represent yourself, you should at least hire an attorney for review and drafting documents for court. The judge will grant you joint-custody if you can demonstrate to court that you are a good father and should be allowed equal time with the child. Feel free to contact my office and speak with a case manager at 877-866-8665 or email help@smsattorneys.com for clarification.... Read More
This has the ability to reflect poorly on her in court. You should have retained an attorney yourself. If you are looking to represent yourself, you... Read More

i am being bashed and slandered on social media

Answered 11 days ago by attorney Stephanie E. Emanuel   |   1 Answer   |  Legal Mostics: Family Lawyer
Martha, you will need to establish a Protective Order against the individual and possibly sue them for personal injury such as emotional or mental abuse or etc hardship that their actions may be costing you. Feel free to contact my office and speak with a case manager at 877-866-8665 or email help@smsattorneys.com for clarification.... Read More
Martha, you will need to establish a Protective Order against the individual and possibly sue them for personal injury such as emotional or mental... Read More
Greetings, married or unmarried, both parents have equal rights to the child unless custody is established in court. If the father knows and he is on the birth certificate of the child, than he heas same rights as the mother. If he is not on the birth certificate, but he knows that the child is his, he can go to court, file for Paternity to establish that he is the father and than get himself on the birthcertificate and get involved in the child's life. If the mother or the father try to violate another parent right, will face consequences and may even end up losing custody battle in court. Feel free to contact my office and speak with a case manager at 877-866-8665 or email help@smsattorneys.com for clarification.... Read More
Greetings, married or unmarried, both parents have equal rights to the child unless custody is established in court. If the father knows and he is on... Read More
Thank you for your question.  I know how worried you must be about your safety and transferring guardianship to your friend’s parents.  The short answer is to immediately contact the New Jersey Child Support Hotline at 1-877 NJ ABUSE.  You should also immediately contact your school guidance counselor and any other trusted adult, such as teachers, doctors, etc. and report the abuse from your father.  The Division of Child Protection and Permanency is the ONLY agency in the State of New Jersey authorized to investigate allegations of abuse and neglect.  Unless a 16 year old is deemed “emancipated” and capable of self-support, he/she has no independent standing before the Court.  However the Division of Child Protection and Permanency can and will advocate on your behalf so please do NOT stop reporting the abuse! I hope this information was helpful to you.... Read More
Thank you for your question.  I know how worried you must be about your safety and transferring guardianship to your friend’s... Read More

Is there a lawyer who can take my case

Answered 16 days ago by attorney Stephanie E. Emanuel   |   1 Answer   |  Legal Mostics: Family Lawyer
Losing parental rights based on the best interest of the child or because what? Why or how did you lose your parental rights? If you can not afford a private attorney you can contact the Family Court clerk and find out if they have a free court appointed attorney available. If they do, GREAT! If not you can contact local law school clinics and see if they can assist you. If that also doesn’t work out, you can contact my office and we can set you up with a Family Law Paralegal, but that would require you to represent yourself in court without an attorney. Aside from the options I have provided I don’t think there is anything else available. If you require additional information, feel free to contact my office and speak with a case manager at 877-866-8665 or email help@smsattorneys.com... Read More
Losing parental rights based on the best interest of the child or because what? Why or how did you lose your parental rights? If you can not afford a... Read More
What you are concerned about is understandable and if it wasn't for Microsoft and the booming technology we wouldn't be able to resolve your issue. Traveling back and forth out of state for visitation is riddicules, specially if you are the one footing the bill. With technology, you can use video conferencing with the other parent, and if he refuses to follow, he can foot the bill and come to Texas for visitation. You won't have to let your child travel alone or even take him to drop off or pick up. You will need to work with a techy family law attorney like myself that can fight tooth and nail for your rights. If you require additional information, feel free to contact my office and speak with a case manager at 877-866-8665 or email help@smsattorneys.com for clarification.... Read More
What you are concerned about is understandable and if it wasn't for Microsoft and the booming technology we wouldn't be able to resolve your issue.... Read More

Any chance of changing some rights?

Answered 18 days ago by attorney Stephanie E. Emanuel   |   1 Answer   |  Legal Mostics: Family Lawyer
Why don't you have joint legal and physical custody? If you have joint legal custody than the custodial parent is obligated to inform you and keep you in part of decesion making process. If that is the case you will need to petition the court for contempt of court and request relief such as more parenting time, and joint physical custody. There is not much you can do if you don't have joint-legal custody. You will need to discuss your situtation and options with a family law specialist. If you require additional information, feel free to contact my office and speak with a case manager at 877-866-8665 or email help@smsattorneys.com for clarification.... Read More
Why don't you have joint legal and physical custody? If you have joint legal custody than the custodial parent is obligated to inform you and keep... Read More
It is best to go through the uncontested divorce while you meet the jurisdiction and residency requirements to qualify for divorce in CA. If you move prior to divorce, you may not be able to petition the court for divorce in OR. Uncontested divorce may be a cost-effective option for you and based on what you described sounds like your husband will have no problem in dissolving the marriage. Please contact an attorney in CA. If you require additional information, feel free to contact my office and speak with a case manager at 877-866-8665 or email help@smsattorneys.com for clarification.... Read More
It is best to go through the uncontested divorce while you meet the jurisdiction and residency requirements to qualify for divorce in CA. If you move... Read More
When there is a court order in place and one parent is violating it. You will need to file a contempt motion in court. The contempt motion will get you to enforce the current court order, and you should be able to see your children again as outlined in the court order. Depending on how the case progress, you may even be able to turn the custody arrangement around and get custody of the children. A child custody lawyer if you are not aware already, ranges anywhere from $3,000 - $5,000. If you can not afford an attorney, our office do provide PRO SE Services, where we would be able to provide you all the information and guidance you need and all court papers to submit in court for a very low monthly fee. Feel free to contact my office and speak with a case manager at 877-866-8665 or email help@smsattorneys.com for clarification.... Read More
When there is a court order in place and one parent is violating it. You will need to file a contempt motion in court. The contempt motion will get... Read More




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