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Where to Find an Attorney for Specific Legal Advice

 All Legal Services programs in Arizona differ, and their criteria for accepting cases vary as well. Find out what programs are available and where to go for asssistance. More »


Model Parenting Time Plans for Parent/Child Access

Raising children presents challenges for all parents. The following information will help parents reach agreements about parenting time (access) with their children.

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by: Arizona Supreme Court, Court Services Division


Things You Should Know about Custody and Parenting Time

This article provides general information about custody and parenting time. Questions about specific situations should be discussed with an attorney.

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by: Arizona Supreme Court, Court Services Division


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Question: i am a single mother who recently had been broken up with by my daughters dad and im worried about the safty of my daughters well being. I am the only one on the birth certificate and we were never married. her father drinks and drives with his other child tycen in the car i seen it and i have a witness that chewed him out for it and called me about it right after i had seen him drive by my house driving drunk with his other child tycen in the car after he went to play a game of golf. I have medical and school and DES for my child and a steady home for her.do i have primary of my daughter
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Question: How can I make sure custody goes to my mom w/o any body standing in the way, incase of my death.
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Question: My children's father and I signed over temporary custody of our 2 children while we were in jail so they could get them medical care and enroll them in school. Now that we are both out and doing well we want custody back. The grandparents are line with us having them back. How do we go about getting custody back? We font know where to begin?
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Question: I have a court order set an my kids dad isn't following the order. I have joint custody an decision making but he does not include me in anything he even has text messages saying how dose it feel to not be apart of my kids life decisions. He hasn't provided me a insuraurence Card even sayin in text it's not important. I still believe there is drugs abuse as well as alcohol . I'm order to pay child support an I made a large payment for the full year now he is requesting me to pay more because he can't pay for the school that he had to have my child to go to. I
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Question: The military wants proof that do not have sole cutody of my son and that my girlfriend has not filled for child support. How do get proof?
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Question: My grandchild is being held by CPS. Can I get emergency custody of my grandchild? I live in Washington state, but I can come get her.
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Question: does the mom have all the rights to the child
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Question: Me and my ex-spouse has joint custody, recently I move and have not reported to the court. Im scared to let him know my new residents due to the threats that I recieve by text and answering machine I decided to get a training order is there anything that I need to know addiction to this order?
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Question: Can a parent file for custody for children in the state where they live or do they have to file in the state where the children live?
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Question: How do you give the other parent the 60 day notice to be able to move? Do you serve them or go to the court to file a paper?
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Question: Recently my ex has passed and we have a 13 year old that we shared custody of. I am not sure if I need to file with the courts or do I just take over full custody. I am her biological father and there is no one contesting me taking her.
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Question: If the father is on the birth certificate, do I have joint custody with him, or do I full custody? I've been taking care of our child for more than 6 months now. He also has charges for domestic violence. Nothing has been taken care of through court.
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Question: My boyfriend is still married to his wife, they have 3 children together. A 6 year old girl, 5 year old girl and a 2 year old boy. The mother has custody of them right now, but 4 months ago she told us she had no home for the kids to live in, no car, no job and could not take care of them. She gave us their birth certificates, social security cards, shot records everything! She has called 2-5 times in 4 months and only has seen them twice. We have put the two girls in school now and she has not helped us pay for anything. What can we do about the custody for them? Can we try for abandonment ?
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Question: I am from Texas and had 2 children which reside in Texas with my ex. I want to know how can i get visitstion rights, where to file, and if I can get them during school breaks. The reason I ask is because i went back to Texas to visit them and my ex didn't let me see them and she won't even answer my phone calls.
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Question: What are emergency temporary orders and how long are they in effect?
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Question: .I have a four month old son.the father took him I never bring them back nobody has legal custody over him in the fighters on drugs I can prove it
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Question: before my child's birth can I temporarily give custody to my grandmother of my new born child
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Question: my daughter is 22 tried leaving her abusive boyfriend has 2 kids. when she was leaving he jummped on the car to prevent her from leaving and then called the cops and said she ran him over. she went to jail. and when she got out he will not give her the kids back said he is keeping them and she cant see them the cops will not hep her get them. said he is on the birth certific and they cant help.week prior he beat her up but fled the scene how can we get her kids back he will not let her see them? please help i want to see my grandkids!
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Question: I need to know how to get full custody of my two kids. there father never wants to see them only when its convenient for him. Our son just started school too and I had to fight with him and his new girlfriend to buy him school supplies.. I just want full custody of them now so how would I do that???
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Question: my daughter is 23 and has a 1 year old the babies father is involved but they are no longer together but she wants to move back home to PA can she be forced to stay in AZ? or can she just move back home also she works full time and he also pays child support to his ex for there 2 children
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Question: My son who is 12yrs old has been living with me for the last 6 months. His mother has not worked in about 4yrs and moved several times and at this time has no place to live or car. She gets 1226. a month from me. She has medical issues and feel she is not stable. She has been admitted to a behavioral hospital a couple times and is currently on probation for her daughters truancy. I want to know whats the best way to get custody of my son. Im afraid if she finds out she will take him from me
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Question: My daughters father who has being in prison for 17 years is thrusting me with having custody of my child 7 days a week every other week. He is not on the birth certificate and has not been part of her life, she is now 5 months old, he asked me to abort when I told him I was pregnant. Will the court grant him custody. He was in prison for holding a family hostage.
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Question: My brother's wife is separating or passably divorcing him. They have a daughter together who is two and half years old. how can my brother make sure that the wife does not relocate his daughter to another state or country?
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Question: I am currently married to my 1 yr olds mother. She has taken him and left the state and does not plan on returning. What can I do to get joint custody of my son.
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Question: I have sole legal custody of my 3 kids my ex has supervised visits, I am not allowed to move 100 miles from where I did when our divorce finalized without permission. Am I allowed to take my kids on vacation out of town or state, or do I have to get permission from the court?
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Question: My husband wants a divorce, however he says he will take our 3 yr old daughter from be because he feels I do not treat her right (he calls it abuse). He is 62, physically disabled and receives SSI for his mental disability which includes rage issues, depression and suicidal ideology. Does he have a leg to stand on and will the court actually grant him custody instead of me. I am terrified of what might happen if he passes away while with her.
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Question: I am currently married to the alcoholic mother of my 14 year old daughter. She has 2 arrests for domestic violence and is currently serving a court ordered program for her last offense. I am seeking a divorce and want custody of our daughter, however i travel frequently for my job. Do I have a chance of getting custody of my daughter in the divorce?
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Question: I never married my son's father. We have agreed that he stays with me Sun pm through Thur am. Thur am through Sun evening he stays with his father. His father has been very confrontational with me on several occasions when he picks him up. The pick up/drop off location is my parents house because it is a halfway point. I also have witnesses on how he treats me. I am concerned that he will use the fact that he works for the AZ DOC to gain credibility over me and try to take our son from me simply because he is angry with me. What legal action can I take to ensure that he abides by our agreement
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Question: How old do children have to be to decide what parent they want to live with? I have two children 15 1/2 and 12 1/2 I am relocating out of the state, we have joint custody I am the custodial parent the kids have always lived with me and wish to relocate with me. They have told there father this several times and he tells them that they are kids and they don't get to decide.
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Question: Hi I recently split with my mother of my children back in jan 2014. It is now Aug 2014. Ive been back and forth to AZ from CA every month except for june. She refuses to let me see my kids unless she is present. My last trip to visit my kids she said id never she them again and would be taking me to court. I moved to california in April because I had a support system out here. Ive finally gotten a job and will start in 2 weeks. What are the necessary steps on getting custody over my children?
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Question: I filed my divorce and sole custody paperwork through pima county courts because I was living there. Since then, both me and my ex-husband have moved out of state, and planning to move again, but my son, now 13, wants to live with his father until he is 18. What easiest way to modify the custody order to give sole custody to my ex-husband?
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Question: hi im on cashaid. they want me to renew my cashaid I just had a baby when I renew will I get money for my baby or they wont give money for the baby?
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Question: Who has legal custody if the parents never married?
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Question: If I am given guardianship over a minor and take day to day care of the minor, can I add them to my food stamp case and section 8 housing case?
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Question: My husband is in the army and we are getting ready to PCS out of state. He has joint custody of his 6 year old son with his ex, neither of them are listed as the primary parent. However, we have him 90% of the time and want to take him with us. He basically just sleeps at her house 2 nights a week and every other weekend. We feel like we have a really good case for multiple reasons that I can't put down with this character limit. His ex is aware of the move & wants their son to stay here. My question is, whats the best way to go about filling this w/the court because we cant afford a lawyer.
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Question: Who provides free legal assistance in Arizona other than DNA & Catholic social services because they can't help me!
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Question: My husband got temporary custody while we were seperated. our child is two years old and now my husband filed for divorce so he could have full custody but we are living together under the same house coparenting. He doesnt want me to go to court but i just want the same equal rights as my husband does. how do i obtain joint custody when we are living under the same roof or have the same rights. should i fight the divorce would that help me in any way. What do i need to do to have an equal say in my childs upbringing?
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Question: Can I get custody of my baby due in may there's no contact he was physically abusive unfortunately one day I called police he hit me police said leave I came back to my home he stole my property u called police again I had my hands on him when police showed so I have assault d v charge it's not a felony though
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Question: my house was raided for identity theft and baby daddy left meth on counter. caps was called and they took my son away. in my police report the conclusion on child dangerment was denied when investigated but cps still has my son. they only know what the police told them at the time of the incident. apparently the higher ups in police denied the allegation. I'm going to prison for years. can I still file guardianship to my mom even tho he is still in cps? we r in process of icpc for him to live with my mom but I want cps out of pic. it feels like something is wrong with this case.
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Question: A rocky marriage just worse.I have been living away from my children since May 2013. I had limited communication with my 2 children until the end of November 2013 when all communication with them stopped. All communication stopped with spouse the end of December. My numbers were blocked from calling... He said on 2/9/14 that he is filing for divorce. What are my options of getting the children or at least shared custody?
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Question: My daughter is 9. She hates that she has to go to her dads every weekend (per current custody agreement) I have filed a modification. How can the judge take in consideration her feelings on the matter?
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Question: I have a 15 month old child with my girl friend. she the mother has been out of state for 3 an a half months I have been supporting and taking care my son sence birth do I have any legal rights
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Question: My ex husband has full custody of our 4 children and he is keeping them from me. Not allowing me to have any contact with them. The children have written me asking for a response but I am unable to write back because their father will not give me a return address. Is what he doing illegal? And if so what steps do I need to take in order to see and speak to my children?
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Question: Would I be able to get visitation of my two children if they live in a diffrent city? They live with there grandparents and there mother live in the same city I live in.
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Question: I have a 2 year old son and his father has not contacted me to see him in 5 months. Currently he is incarcerated and has not paid any money for the purge amount for the passed 2 months. Am I able to file for child abandonment after 6 months if the father continues this behavior? If so, how do I go about filing for this?
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Question: i am 21. work part time, school part time at GCC. my boyfriend(baby daddy) and i just broke up. i need help on what to do legally for custody and also to file for child support. i need help before around christmas time. i am 30 weeks pregnant and don't want to lose my little baby boy.
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Question: Can I modify a joint custody order to a sole custody? The father is not complying with his obligations. He has sinced moved, and has little or no contact with the boys in months.
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Question: My husband filed a divorce since august of this year and he is seeking for a sole custody of our daughter. My question is, is there a possibility that he could get it? when he got a history of domestic violence in casa grande in 2009 and extreme dui in 2011 and both incident he was arrested, when we're still together.
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Question: If a parent has been ordered to leave the residence due to domestic violence and it is documented that the same parent has not taken children to school as required and does not have a stable residence do they have a chance at getting custody
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Question: I have an order for the parenting plan and the parents disagree about what the term "2 days before school starts" means. So if school starts on Monday when does the Child need to return back to the other parent? Sat? or Friday? Where can I find proof of this?
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Question: I have a parenting plan that was agreed upon about six months ago. I was wanting to change the agreement. How do I go about changing the plan?
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Question: The judge ordered: IT IS ORDERED that both parties shall participate in co-parenting classes through Parenting Skills. Is this the same class I completed and filed a certificate for on 9/30/2011 PEC - Parent Education Certificate? If so, am I required to take it again? Does an online course comply with Maricopa Superior Family courts requirements? If not, since the place in Scottsdale given to me at court on 09/12/13 no longer does the class where on the West side (Peoria/Glendale) can I go to comply with this order?
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Question: My ex-wife moved my 6 year old daughter to another state without my written consent or a judges order. Our divorce decree states? What forms do I need to fill out to have my daughter returned to Arizona?
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Question: My ex-husband wants to give up all rights to our three-year old daughter. How do I start this process and where do I obtain the necessary paperwork so that I can have sole custody of my daughter?
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Question: I am currently In Pro Per for severence case. I'm looking for the Arizona Law that says I can bring a consultant to court , so I can file a motion for this. I am currently using a family friend who is a retired attorney.
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Question: I have 50% legal custody and 15% physical custody of my son. Can my ex-wife take him out of his current school and move him to different school with out my permission?
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Question: My son-in-law sued for divorce from my daughter. Two kids are involved--16 and 11. His attorney (say Mr. X) has subpoenaed me to testify on his client's behalf. I do not want to testify. Q1. Does the fact that his attorney met with my wife and me c. 1 yr ago to discuss my daughter's issues as the relate to the kids disqualify him as having knowledge we gave in confidence to him? Q2. Does the same apply to my wife, my daughter's step mother? Q3. I have worked with both to provide a negotiated settlement, divulging information that may compromise her if I testify. Will this disqualify me?
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Question: My wife and I are divorcing and we currently have three adopted children and are currently fostering another- underkinship care. My wife does not want to adopt him and I do. I plan to adopt him. She has stated that she will complain he has molested and beat up the other kids in the home to have him removed. There is only one incident that has been recorded with CPS. She has not told me or the case worker of anything else. Can I adopt him even after we are divorced and how do I protect him against untruths?
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Question: I am going to be working out of the country but coming back every 2 months. What can I do to prevent my kids' s father from get sole responsability or custody of the kids and/or making the court believe I am abandoning them?.
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Question: My ex is married now and his wife refuses to abide by the parenting agreement we made in court. Does she legally have to abide by the parenting agreement?
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Question: I have been divorced for over three years. I have primary physical custody of my children but share legal custody with my ex. We live in two different cities. My son is autistic. Can we legally register my son to attend school in the Tempe district even though he is only at his father's home in Tempe 30% of the time? Or do we need to revise the physical custody agreement in order to legally enroll him?
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Question: My ex-husband just got arrested for an extreme DUI. We have gone through mediation in the past and he agreed to "conditional sole custody" but now disputes it. How would I go about getting sole custody with supervised visitation? Do I need to go through mediation again or do I go straight to a hearing? 
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Question: I have a 10 year old daughter that I have sole custody of- I never married her biological dad. I have since married and wanted to know if that would then make him a legal guardian of my daughter?
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Question: I am going to have a son anyday now. The mother wanted to put him up for adoption but I talked her out of it. She wants to give me full custody of him, being that she's only 17, and in high-school, she wouldn't have time to raise him. How do I ensure I get full custody?
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Question: I am going to have a son anyday now. The mother wanted to put him up for adoption but I talked her out of it. She wants to give me full custody of him, being that she's only 17, and in high-school, she wouldn't have time to raise him. How do I ensure I get full custody?
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Question: my son was born in arizona, his father and I do not have any legal custody papers but my son has been residing in las vegas for the past 8 years. I want to be able to have my son visit for the summers or what not but I am not sure how to go about it, especially if his father is not willing.
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Question: I am trying to find out where to file custody. My son who is eight years old.has been living with me for 7 years in AZ.About 2 years ago I moved to NY. His father took him. He does not have legal custody of him. I am back in AZ. My quistion is, do i file in NY or in AZ?
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Question: My son father has custody. he is always late for my visitation, bad mouths me in front of my son. My son keeps telling me he is scared of his dad and he hits and yells at him and he doesn't want to go back. I'm scared for his safety. I want to file an emergency order to keep him here in AZ instead of CA. What do I do?
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Question: I filed for support.. he just filed an temp order.. was ordered to do a hair follicle.. I haven't.. can they still take my son?
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Question: I am currently expecting a baby. The father of my baby left me when I was 7 months, but has stated he wants to be in the baby's life. He is a habitual marijuana smoker, heavy drinker, and the people he surrounds himself with are not the kind of influences I want around my child. He moved in with his mom, who keeps a very dirty house and has been in and out of the hospital with MRSA for the last couple of years. I do not feel like he can provde a safe and stable environment for my daughter. He believes he will get joint custody. What actions do I need to take to ensure this does not happen?
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Question: I am currently expecting a baby. The father of my baby left me when I was 7 months, but has stated he wants to be in the baby's life. He is a habitual marijuana smoker, heavy drinker, and the people he surrounds himself with are not the kind of influences I want around my child. He moved in with his mom, who keeps a very dirty house and has been in and out of the hospital with MRSA for the last couple of years. I do not feel like he can provde a safe and stable environment for my daughter. He believes he will get joint custody. What actions do I need to take to ensure this does not happen?
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Question: I am currently expecting a baby. The father of my baby left me when I was 7 months, but has stated he wants to be in the baby's life. He is a habitual marijuana smoker, heavy drinker, and the people he surrounds himself with are not the kind of influences I want around my child. He moved in with his mom, who keeps a very dirty house and has been in and out of the hospital with MRSA for the last couple of years. I do not feel like he can provde a safe and stable environment for my daughter. He believes he will get joint custody. What actions do I need to take to ensure this does not happen?
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Question: I need to get an order for child custody
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Question: I have a 4 year old, the father has been in prison for 4 yrs. His name isn't on the birth certificate, paternity has been established. went to court for child support. judge verdict; im financially responsible untill dads released.father was released dec 2012.we tried to work it out.I was the sole provider for him and my son financially.Father became physically abuse(towards me) had black outs, son was almost hit with a rock the last incident. no report filed , we moved states. dad is in prison till aug 27 2013(unrelated), what is best solution? full custody and restraining order??
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Question: I have a 4 year old, the father has been in prison for 4 yrs. His name isn't on the birth certificate, paternity has been established. went to court for child support. judge verdict; im financially responsible untill dads released.father was released dec 2012.we tried to work it out.I was the sole provider for him and my son financially.Father became physically abuse(towards me) had black outs, son was almost hit with a rock the last incident. no report filed , we moved states. dad is in prison till aug 27 2013(unrelated), what is best solution? full custody and restraining order??
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Question: My child's biological father lives in a different state. She is almost 3 years old now but we haven't seen him or heard from him since she was 4 months old. I did live in the same state as him but moved here for family since we had none after he left. How do I get sole custody of her? How much will it cost? Is there help I can get since we live on a budget?
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Question: My daughters fathers name is not on the birth certific and he has not been in her life, do i need to file for custody and how do i go after him for child support?
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Question: My children relocated to New York three years ago because of mother's job. Since, mother has not complied with the parenting order, failing to send them back for father's parenting time on several occasions. The two children are currently with father for summer vacation. Both children told father of regularly being left alone overnight. The children are 6 and 8. They are scheduled according to the parenting time order to go back to New York at the end of August (less than 7 weeks). What can I do to keep them from returning to that environment?
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Question: I have sole physical custody of my 3 daughters. How do I go about giving their mother custody rights?
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Question: My ex-wife has sole custody of our 14 year old daughter, and i'm pursuing sole custody. She remarried a felon with bad criminal past, and has 2 new babies with him. The 5 of them live in a 2 bed apt. Our daughter is sick all the time with numerous health problems, has excessive absences from school, and failing grades.I'm deeply concerned for her mental, emotional, physical, and moral health. My ex isn't giving her proper visitation with me. I live out of state and feel powerless until a court ruling can be made. I want action immediately. Does this merit an emergency post decree modification?
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Question: My baby's mom passed away before we could get married and put my name on the birth certificate. Now after all of this and her grandma promising to help me get custody, she decides she will take my daughter and move to Kansas. Question here is what should I do to get things done so I can have my daughter?
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Question: I live in Idaho and my daughters live in Arizona. I'm still married with my ex and my daughters want to live with me now. I was wondering if her parents could prevent me from taking them back to Idaho. Or do I have to take this to court?
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Question: I have 50/50 custody of my sons there dad kicked out my 14 year old son can I file for full custody
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Question: I have a court date coming up in a few days for a petition for Emergency custody my wife has asked her attorney for. I am looking for a paid attorney for myself, I think I have found one but she wont be able to do so for about a week or two, so she said to request the courts grant a continuance to give her time to prep for my defense. I am wondering how I can go about requesting this without a lawyer present? Will the judge be able to do this?
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Question: can a grandparent with temorary sole and legal custody give the child to a foster home when there is a birth parent able and wanting to care for them? would the courts allow this? (the parent is in another state.)
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Question: My sons father moved out of state with my son and now he is saying that he will not be bringing him to me for the summer which is ordered by the court in my state. Is there anything that I can do to make him follow the court order since he does not live in the same state as I?
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Question: I have been raising my step-son since he was three. Me and my husband broke up. My step-son is 14 now. He wants to live with the only mom hes ever known. Hes only a child. D.N.A. doesn't matter to him. Do I have any rights? Any advice would be helpful. 
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Question: Me and my ex wife have shared custody of our six year old daughter for the past 5 and half years. My ex wife now wants to move from chandler to queen creek, changing my daughters school to the queen creek area. I stated this was not fair because my drive would increase to 15 extra miles per trip, adding more drive time during my visitation days. Is this a fair assumption on my part? If we go to court what should I expect from a judge's descision?
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Question: The father of my children had sole custody, and he committed suicide. I am wondering if I need to file for custody or if it automatically reverts to the mother. The children are with me, and have been since the incident. i have the death certificate and have filed at the social security office. I just feel funny not having anything that says I have custody. Should I file a modification or is it a waste of time?
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Question: I filled for custody back in 2009 and we were awarded joint custody. The father of my children has no contact with our children. I want to modify for sole custody . I'm not sure if any judge will change the order? What forms do I have to file?
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Question: My son is 5 years old, his father is on the birth certificate. He has never lived with the father, he went to prison 2 weeks after he was born and has been in and out since then, What legal rights does he have?? And what would I need to do to gain soul custody? I have no contact with him.
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Question: What if the other parents spouse is causing problems? Like telling my seven year old to hate me or that I had wished there unborn child had died? Will obtaining a restraining order against the step mother help, I feel my child is being mentally abuse
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Question: My son's ex-girlfriend is pregnant. She claimed he was the father. She has a history of mental health issues. She will not tell him where she lives, who her doctor is or what hospital she's going to. They were getting along OK until he said he wants a paternity test. He wants to be responsible if the baby is his. Can a court get her address to serve a subpoena and make her do the paternity test?
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Question: My ex husband wont let my 13 year old son live with me and my son is threatening to run away from him and he was drawing pictures of himself dead. I am afraid of what he will do if he has to be there. He lives in kingman az and I live in texas. I need to know how I can get custody back from here. I tried to hire a lawyer and she was going to charge me 4000$. I cant afford that. Since he is 13, how would I get him to the court to tell the judge he does not want to be there he wants to be here with me. Please help me asap. Thanks
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Question: Mother of my children has filed a petition to modify child custody. I currently have sole legal custody and I'm having a hard time obtaining the form to file a response.
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Question: The issue of Right of First Refusal has come up. Can the Right of First Refusal be customize to fit our needs, or does AZ law always require one parent to notify the other parent when they can not watch the child during their scheduled time, even if it is only for an hour or two. Can the plan be written stating that if the absents is longer than 8 hours than the Right of First Refusal applies, but if the time is less than 8 hours the parent has the right to contact the grandmother to watch our child? The grandmother has been involved in our child's life since birth. Custody is joint. Thanks
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Question: my husband has a 7 year old daughter from a previous relationship we moved here from hawaii to be closer to her. in dec. 2012 she came to live with us, now in 3/2013 her mom wants her back when the school year is over. does my husband have any rights. he loves his daughter and wants her to live with us. his daughter like living with us too what can we do? were do we start? does he have a right to keep her? or does he have to just give her up again? my husband is heart broken Her mom doesnt have a stable job or home. when we got her they were living in a domestic violence shelter WHAT TO DO??
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Question: my x wife violated a protection order and took my son then split to another state. i have an emergency custody order for my child that the judge awarded me which also states on documents that the child is to be returned to father immediately! now after i got process server to serve my wife, she now is tryng to keep my son and file a case in the state where she is at. is that fair? how can i get my son back where he resides for the past 3 years? can someone please help?
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Question: My ex-wife and I sought mediation to end our marriage and have custody agreements regarding our two children. I am the non-custodial parent in the agreement. Recently I have been offered a job in another state but want to be sure I know my rights when move across state lines in reference to visitation with my children in the State of Arizona? I'd like to know that I have right to see my children for half their major school breaks and such...thanks for your help.
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Question: How do I go about getting a copy of my modified parenting plan? Am I required to view the minute entries and request a court transcript?
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Question: I have 2 kids, ages 1 & 2. I have for the same company for 5 years. The father of my kids and I split up about 8 mos ago. Since the split we have shared custody. I drop the kids off before work (4 days a week w/his grandma watching them) and pick them up after work on 2 of the days, the other 2 they usually spend the night there. He has recently filed in court for joint custody and child support. He is unable to hold a steady job for more than a few months at a time. He also has a history of drug use and violence. Am I at risk of loosing custody due to work? Should I put my kids in daycare?
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Question: My husband & I are caring for my infant niece due to both her parents being in prison. We filed a "Petition by Non-Parent to Establish Legal Decision-Making in Loco Parentis A.R.S 25-41 (Case # DO201300119) in Cochise County and her monther was served on Feb 13 (she wasn't contesting it). I called the County clerk office to find out what my next step is and they told me they can't tell me what to do. I thought I had done what needed to be done and it would now go before a judge to be finaled? Please advise, we have to get this legalized for insurance purposes, etc. THANK YOU!
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Question: Recently i signed a paper stating that i gave my 14 yr. olds father temporary authority of our son. We were never married and we split up when he was only a few months old. When will i be able to get him back?
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Question: I signed over my rights to my daughter, to her mother and her husband, about 6 months ago. I was promised I would still be able to see her every other Sunday for a few hours. Her mother said it was the best thing for her. I love my daughter. Now that a little time has passed and I see how fast my baby is growing up I want more time with her and fear I will never get it. How long do I have to change my mind about giving her up?
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Question: my wife and I have been seperated for several months now.she has been in and out of rehab and now wants custody of our daughter.She has giving her mother guardianship.I want to know if I have any way of not letting her get my daughter.
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Question: Hi my name is manuel gutierrez my son recently moved in with me in 08/01/12 He is thirteen my ex-wife and I decided that he is going live with me now cause this is what my son and I whant I don't know were to start or what forms I need to fill out I whant custody of my son but I need help with the forms can you help me....thank you Manny...you can reach me at mannygarmada2009@yahoo.com
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Question: The mother of my daughter lives with an abusive boyfriend and his 5 children. I currently have joint custody of my daughter and a split parenting plan. My daughter is being emotionally abused and has been required to see a therapist for physically hurting herself (she is only 8). The therapist told me I need to keep her out of that environment but I can't find any real information on emergency legal decision making and parenting time change in Pima county. The mother has threatened to move out of the country with my daughter if I try to take her back to court. What can I do??
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Question: If I currently have joint custody of my 13 and 17 year old children, and my ex-wife sent them to live with a family member in the same city that I reside in, wouldn't they have to live with me preferably over the other family member?
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Question: My ex husband and have been divorced since 2008 we both have joint custody and the children have primarily lived with me and have had the same parenting plan in place since, however this past December my ex husband asked for a modification and the judge awarded him as the "primary residential parent" since parenting time was modified and the children are now staying with him more than me. We both still have jjoint custody. My ex husband changed the kids school with out me knowing or agreeing dose he have the right to do this? The order dosnt say he can make educational decision on his own.
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Question: My daughter works and goes to school to support her family, husband and two children. Her husband (he lost his job) agreed to stay home with the kids while She finishes school (7 more months). Now he says he can get sole custody if they separate because he has been the primary care giver for the last year. Is this true?
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My boyfriend and i just split up and he took my child away and said I'm never goin to seee him again. If i went to court for this could i lose my baby? He works and i dont but im starting my online schooling, I live with my mom and she help me out. My child can't be without me I raised him, I havent left his side.  What would the chances of me having him be and of not being able to see him again? if you could get at me asap please.


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My boyfriend and i just split up and he took my child away and said I'm never goin to seee him again. If i went to court for this could i lose my baby? He works and i dont but im starting my online schooling, I live with my mom and she help me out. My child can't be without me I raised him, I havent left his side.  What would the chances of me having him be and of not being able to see him again? if you could get at me asap please.


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Question: i have a one year old son i am not married to the father as it turns out he is a mean drunk.i want to move back home to needles ,calif .. I am scared cause he tells me i cant leave with our son.CAN I LEAVE
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Question: At the age of 15 can you choose who you want to live with?
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Question: If the child's father has not been around for all of 7 years of her life how can I object to my daughter seeing him or getting any parent time at all since the courts are making us go through therepy?
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Question: what is reasonable parenting time for long distant parenting
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Question: If On a Decree of Divorce it states that the minor child Cannot be taken or relocated from the state and one of the parties does this can they held in violation of this court order ?
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Question: Three months ago I left my son's father. I want to have legal custody of my three year old son but don't know where to go to do so. What do i do first? Where should i go?
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Question: Can I do a change of venue if I and the kids in question have lived in one place for over 7years and the mother opened case in other county where she lives? How do I request and complete change of venue to my county?
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Question: where do i go to find information on parenting classes
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Question: mi hija tiene 11 anos y tengo su justodia en mexico x q me case en mexico y el divorsio se llevo acabo en mexico la nina es ciudadana americana y su papa nunca se ha echo cargo de ella y no le interesa la nina ella lo conoce y el nunca a tratado de acercarse a eela si no obtiene algo acambio yo estoy casada de nuevo y queremos q la nina lleve el apeido de la familia poe que a sido complicado para ella no tener el apeido de la familia y aparte ella considera a mi esposo su papa y no al padre q la enjendro, ella convive cn mis esposo desde el 2004y el se a encargado de todo.
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Question: At what age do you have a right to live with a parent you feel safe with ?
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Question: The judge ordered that the parenting time for the mother of my granddaughter was canceled until she could establish a permanent residence. What constitutes a "permanent residence" in Arizona?
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Question: How do I file for abandonment on my daughters father when he is no where to be found?
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Question: I am getting ready to file papers for mediation to try to change custody arangments . But my ex has moved 10 times in the past 3 years and won't give me his physical address. How do I go about having him served.
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Question: I have 3 year old from a man who I was never married to. He has been paying court order child suppprt since my son was born. He is on birth certificate. When we went to court for child support, It was only for child support when we went to court not for anything else. I am wanting to move to texas with my fiancée, who wants to marry before I move to Texas but before I do I want to make sure I can move there with my son without any problems. I know my sons dad will want to fight it. Can he keep me from taking my son.
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Question: My daughter's father has not been in her life for the past 5 years (she is 6 now), but he does pay child support. Is there a way to petition to have his parental rights terminated so that my husband and only known "dad" can legally adopt her and we won't have to worry about him pursuing his rights at a later date?
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Question: What rights do i have as a mother to my 2 yr old daughter if i have been with my partner(father of my child) for 4 years and we are not legally married? I am verbally abused and i would like to separate. Do i have the right to take my child with me with no problems?
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Question: How do I file a "resopnse" to a "summons" for joint custody? It isnt ordered yet. I have 20days to "respond"
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Question: I am pursuing custody of my 9 year old son and was told I should try and get a Guardian ad litem but I can't find anything about what is required to request one, or what guidelines the court follows in granting one. What do I need to do this?
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Question: is it at all possible to give a grandparent partial custody over my child. sort of putting her in the fathers position since he no longer wants to be in my childs life?
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Question: How do I apply for sole custody of my son? I am the only named parent on his birth certificate and his father has since taken him out of state with my son's father's mother. Both have criminal records and I want to get my son back, but I want to know my rights.
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Question: i am trying to obtain emergency custody of my grandkids due to a child endangerment charge against my daughter what papers do i file
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Question: i gave temporary coustody to my mom voluntary how can i get them back now?
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Question: i have raised my 14 yr old son by myself since he was 1 year old. his mom left and i have not seen her in about 13 years. my problem is that i never signed the birth certificate. up until now i havent had any problems enrolling him in school but last year they told me i have till this upcoming school year to get on his birth certificate. i have no idea what steps i need to take to get this taken care of. his name is exactly my name so i think that should help. please help
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Question: I have recently filed a petition to move out of state with my 2 yr old son. His father and I divorced when he was 1 yr old. I have my sons only sibling and have been his primary care taker since birth. I am remarried and expecting a child. My husband is stationed in the military. Everything I read makes me feel like I will have to relocate with out my son and that the courts favor with the non-moving parent. What is the likely hood of the courts making me leave him given the circumstances, and will they really separate siblings who have been together?
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Question: The mother of my daughter wants to give me full custody of her. She will remain a part of her life and this had been agreed upon. What do I need to do to have her sign over full custody willingly to me? And are there forms I can download?
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Question: My grandson cannot afford an attorney. Is there a way he can file for custody of his son free of charge?
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Question: i have full custody of my 13yr old daughter ..circumstances have arisen and I would like to give temporary parental cust to my mother (daughters grandmother) ...can i do this without consuilting the mother of my child and what steps do I take tohave this done
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Question: I have a dughter who i want custody of, her grandmother says she has custody. Grandmother says that her daughter, amanda gave up her rights to our daughter. I was in prison while this was going on and they told judge they didnt know where i was. anyway, her environment is very bad for her. I have a fiance of 3 years and decided i dont care if my daughter hates me and doesnt want to live with me i cant continue to let her live like she is. it is not good for her well being. how do i get a hold of documents to find out who has custody and if mom gave up all rights? mom is in jail now.
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Question: What needs to happen to get a divorce decree modified as to custody. What are the determining factors - proof of immediate danger to the children? For instance I hate the guy my ex married and I think hes a terrible guy - he had a questionable past including a short time in jail. Is that enough to modify custody?
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Question: does the fatherhave the same legal rights as i do even thoughhe is an illegal immigrant?
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Question: I just did my paternity test and Iam the father when my daughter was born my ex did not put me on the birth certificate so i want to get another birth certificate with my name on it? Is this a simple procedure done at the social security office just bringing in my paternity test papers. Cause my ex has the original birth certificate?
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Question: My sons father has contacted me wanting to see my 13 yr old son after no contact in 10 years. He has a bad criminal history. The last custody order 6 yrs ago said he could have supervised visits with his paternal gramma every other weekend overnight & phone contact when it coincides with my sons schedule. He didn't ever show up for ANY visits or even call. I have agreed to phone contact between them for a few weeks then supervised visits. How long should that last? He wanted to call everyday but I don't want him calling so much. Is asking him to call every other day okay? What are my options?
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Question: what steps can a father take when his ex which is the mother of his baby decides she wants to end the relationship n leave the baby with him? And then decides two days later she wants the baby back and calls the police? Does he have to give the baby back? this is the second time the mother has done this so is it abandoment?
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Question: My ex husband is in jail in pa for attempted homicide. As we were married when he went to jail we never had custody established. Our divorce went through recently and was completely done by him i was just sent the final decree in the mail. what should i do first in order to get custody of our son established in my name?
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Question: Can my ex husband take me back to court for custody or joint custody of our son if me and my boyfriend of a year move in together? i have sole custody right now and he has visitation...untill the child is two years of age then he gets him every other weekend
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Question: I passed the first hair folical test and cant afford another can I lose my kid if I dont take it again my ex doesnt have hair to take can they do this
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Question: My Son is the Father to a soon to be Baby Girl due 6/26/11. The Mother of the unborn child has become abusive and Son no longer wants to Marry her. She states that she is going to leave the state and put the child up for adoption if he doesn't Marry her. What are his rights?
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Question: my son and his wife have a court order they have joint custody they are not supposed to have the kids around anybody that they are romantically involved in they broke the court order can they get in trouble
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Question: I’m in a disturb with my ex wife right now on visitation hours. She is refusing to let me see my son. About a year ago I was collecting unemployment and was unable to pay her child support. She wouldn’t let me see him till I gave her money. I made $12 an hour before I was unemployed, now I only make 8.50 an hour (still paying 12.00 an hour child support). I can hardly afford rent, I’m already in the process of changing the child support payments but I also need to change custody. I work 40 hours a week and I would love to have him every weekend. Can someone please advice me in a good directio
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Question: my kids father file for coustody in 2008 and has had my kids since then, the case was dismissed because he did not continue the propper filling f paperwork. i have been in and out of prision in the passed years but i have no contact with my kids or there father since 2008. i would like to know what legal process i would have to go through to see my kids and possibly have coustody? also is coustody even possible for me to obtain being that he has had them for the past 3years? and being that i have a criminal record?
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Question: My boyfrhhiend has told me that he does not have any connection to our daughter. He has indicated that he is going to leave and has no interest in seeing her. Should I file for full custody even though he has no interest in any custody? What would I need to do to get it started?
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Question: Can an order for sole custody be changed if it was granted to the father a year ago?
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Question: Can I be forced to establish paternity by my babys father?
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Question: We had a a verbal agreement to allow our son to attend a school out of district as long as my ex would take him to school on a daily basis..he got upset with me and broke the verbal agreement two months before school was out i was forced to make a temporay change in my work schedule to allow my son to finsih up the school year.next year i want to place him in the school which he is suppose to attent which is in our district and two blocks away from each of our homes. can he fight me on this we have joint legal custody ..will sedning him a certified letter making him aware of the change be ok?
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Question: is it leagal for an unwed mother to move out of state with kids if the mother has posesion of them?
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Question: I have 3 children and all under the age of 18. I also have sole custody and my ex-husband only has visitation. He is almost $100,000 in back child support.(not sure if it matters) I am moving out of AZ and going to KY in June of this year. My question is; is there a way he can stop me from moving so far, even though the court papers state he willingly gave up his custody? Also, I am not sure who or how I notify the courts(which courts?) of our move or what paperwork to complete.
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Question: The mother of my grandson was asked to leave her parents home because of drugs. They told her that she could leave her two sons their or take them with her and she chose to leave them there. This is a continual problem. My son , the father was into drugs but is now clean and has a job. How can I (we) get custody? Please help!!
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Question: my children live in Arizona with there father and I live in Washington, I would like to have my children's side of things taken into consideration when we go back to court, what do I need to do to make that happen.
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Question: My husband & I moved to AZ from MI 3 yrs ago.We have had custody of his son since 2006. We we granted a chnge in domicile in 2008. Can we file for a change in jurisdiction? His parenting time is one week for spring break,one week for christmas and 6 weeks during summer.If we can file for change in jurisdiction, do we file in AZ or MI?
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Question: I share joint custody of my son with my ex husband. We agreed to a parenting schedule at the time of our divorce 2 yrs ago. Now, I'm engaged and will need to modify the parenting schedule. Can my ex prevent me from moving 100 miles away to live with my new husband when our original order read "must remain 25 miles or less". I have a job lined up as well. How much notice do I need to give to move with our son to our new home?(I have physical custody)
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Question: At what age can a child decide who they want to live with?
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Question: I am expecting a baby 8/1/11. The father & I are not married nor are we cohabiting, but we get along. What is the basic process for establishing custody and parenting time? Are we legally required to file something through the court? If so, how? I don't care how often he comes over to see us but his work schedule is unpredictable, so a pre-scheduled parenting time arrangment might not be feasible. How formal does a parenting agreement need to be? Are there flexible options available?
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Question: Is it possible to get emergency custody if you have not yet filed for divorce?
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Question: My ex has sole custody of my 17 year old daughter. In November 2010, my daughter spent 2 weeks in residential treatment for cutting. When my daughter was discharged from treatment, it was recommended she participate in more treatment, my ex is not following thru with this. My daughter sounds they way she did whenshe was cutting, I am worried w/o treatment she will hurt herself. Can I file for emergency custody? Called CPS but they are not sure if they will bebable to respond timely. Can I file the one where my ex is not served? Not sure if the situation meets the criteria for that?
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Question: How do i go about getting emergency custody of my child?
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Question: What are the customary consequences for either parent for not taking court ordered parenting classes? If there is no clairification of consequences on the court order, how would one go about finding out (if it's really based on a case by case situation)?
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Question: I was divorced from my husband at the time me and him were both really bad off, I was granted joint custody, but only supervised visitation until I completed drug classes, took u.a.s and could prove I had a place to live and was remaining sober. I have been sober for 2 years now, my ex doesnt have my children now either his parents do, they have temporary guardianship. How do I get the guardianship removed and getr my custody of the children. The judge already said i had it i just had to do those things and I have.
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Question: How do I get my atlas number?
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Question: My brother is a divorced non-custodial father. He makes a little more than $600 a week, so he can't qualify for free help. What can he do? Where can he turn for help?
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Question: MY DAUGHTER WHOM IS 20 HAD A BABY 2 YRS AGO. THE FATHER IS LISTED ON THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE. THEY WERE NEVER MARIED. I'AM THE GRANDFATHER. I TAKE CARE OF HIM 3-4 DAYS PER WEEK. HIS FATHER CARES FOR HIM ABOUT 2-3 DAYS PER WEEK AND MY DAUGHTER CARES FOR HIM ABOUT ONCE PER WEEK. I WOULD LIKE TO SEEK LEGAL CUSTODY OF HIM. REASONS INCLUDE THE LACK OF INTREST MY DAUGHTER HAS IN HIM AND THE FACT THAT THE FATHER IS BIPOLAR AND FREQUENTLY IS UNSTABLE. PLEASE HELP!
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Question: my girlfriend was arrested for domestic violence. The cops left my son with me. The next day i had to go to work, so i left him with my parents. She took the cops over there and got him since she knew i was at work. Now she will not let me see him at all. She wont return my txts, to let me know how hes doing. I keep texting her that i want to know and see my child but she doesnt respond. What court papers do i need to file? I want to get him back right away. I want custody of him. I can provide a better home for him because shes at her parents. which alot of people live there.
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Question: My In- Laws currently have custody of my nephew I want to know how I can transfer custody and how much will it cost?
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Question: how old is a child before he or she can speak for themselves about who they want and don't want to visit
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Question: I'm paying childsupport for my 4 children in tucson,now there mother is just going to get up move on friday to lake havasu can se do that & if so how can i get join custody "kids dont want to move".
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Question: My son and both jail, the maternal grandmother was given custody of their two children by CPS. do I as the paternal grandmother have the right to file for custody? if so, what are my chances of getting custody?
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Question: x boyfriend and i have a 17 year old son, the father got involved in his life at age 12, last year i agreed to joint custody, because he would be put in a better, our son attened school for approx 2 months his dad felt he was not applying him self so he took him out of school. making my son a drop out, he wants to be in school badly, on top of this our son did something he disagreed with and his father kicked him out of the house, he is so depressed. he's unable to live with with me do to an abusive situation im trying to get away from. is it legal for him to put our son out like that?
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Question: i was wondering since i moved out of az to florida. do i have to get conssent from my ex for my 11 yr 'son to move her with me. we have joint custody and nowhere on the divorce creed does it state he cant move with either parent. he so desepartly wants to be with me he is very unhappy with his dad. thanks
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Question: The father of my 18 month old son decided to break up with me recently and am very upset because of the breakup. I asked him to give me time before i could be able to allow "visitations" (nothing has been done by court yet). he doesnt want to respect my decision and is threatening me with calling the police if i won't let him see my son. Can he do that? can i file a protection order to help me "buy time"? can i be the first to contact the court so that i am able to stipulate the custody and parenting time terms?
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Question: I no longer live in AZ but a legal office where I live said AZ still has jurisdiction on the case. I share joint legal custody with my sons father. We do not reside in the same state but he says I need a lawyer to move. There is approximately 6-7 hours driving time between our current residences and when I move it will be that long of a flight time. Can he prevent me from moving? I gave him verbal notice and followed up with an email of when we plan to leave so he is fully aware of the relocation.
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Question: me and my partner just seperated after twenty years. We have two kids together. I want to know who has legal custody of the kids.
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Question: at what age does a child have the right to move in with the other parent that wasnt awarded custody. in the state of arizona
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Question: I currently have joint custody of my children in which I have them 50% of the time. My ex-wife and I do not agree on which schools our children should attend, and our paperwork states that neither of us can make the final decision. An attorney had told me that if we have tried mediation with conciliation services (which we have tried), then the next step would be to file a motion for school determination. My question is: how do you go about doing that? I do not see forms that seem to pertain to this. Thanks!
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Question: what papers do i need for modify costody?
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Question: my wife asked me to leave the house 9 months ago. We now live in 2 different counties. She is very controlling of the time that i can spend with my daughter. So, I would like to go to court in order to let them set up some sort of visitation with my daughter for me, something more concrete than just my ex's wims and how she's feeling on the days I want to see my daughter. How do I go about filing for visitation rights. Please help- I am missing my daughter terribly and I know I should be able to see her. Thank You
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Question: who keeps the kids while divorce is pending
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Question: I am 19 years old and I have a 13 year old sister. We have the same mother but different dads. Her dad is an alcoholic and our mom is homeless and uses drugs. I want to gain custody of my sister. My mom will probably fight me on this. How do I go about getting custody of my sister?
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Question: How old does a child have to be to decide on what parent they want to live with?
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Question: I am legally divorced, I was a stay at home mom. I have just started working pt, but do not have enough money to get a lawyer. Will his income be counted as mine, even though I have no access to it. I'm wondering if I qualify for free legal assistance. We are not agreeing on custody.
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Question: I never married the father of my daughter. Will he be able to take custody of my daughter. He is a convicted felon and currently does not have a place to live. I pay for her insurance, preschool, clothes and food. I want to get sole custody. Is it possible.
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Question: Can I obtain custody of my child if my ex neglects to care for him/her? when the child was in her care, he/she came back to me with impetigo on parts of his body dr's say the is due to uncleanliness. He/she has no babysitter so she drops him/her off at local relatives home.
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Question: how do i request for joint custody? if i pay child support and the mother of my children does not let me see my kids at all
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Question: f I have a 10yr old son ,the father has never been in his life. I do not ask for child support.I want to get full custody rights. Whats the process that i need to take?
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Question: My son has been taken over state lines without my permission. He was sent by his mother to his grandmother's I think. We were never married and there is no court ordered custody. How do I start the process of getting him back into Arizona and getting custody of him?
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Question: how can i file for full custody of my son if the father will not take the DNA test and lives in another state.he has been served his papers to take the test.
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Question: I was incarcerated in july of this year and was released just recently, during that time my wife and 2 children had moved to kansas I am most likely to file for divorce and will be seeking joint custody. I am planning on having the kids for their summer break and winter breaks.Since she is out of state what is the procedure for this to occur and what must I file,also will she have to come back to Arizona for the proceedings or can she remain in Kansas?
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Question: My exhusband has just been charged with a DUI while my son was in his car. I have a domestic violence conviction against him 3 years ago. He was recently kicked off our son's baseball team as their coach for hitting another child. I have shared (50/50) parenting time and custody. I want to get full custody. I don't know if the courts will give it to me. I don't have the money to spend on full fledged attorney. What are your thoughts....
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Question: I have had my two children since our devorice in 2007 I have had not child support and stop paying the mother spousel maintainance, she has seen the kids for about 1 to 2 hours a week and sometimes has them for a day, I want full legal custody and support what is my legal course to take, my kids are 13 and 16
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Question: I am representing myself in a modification of child custody.We have a trial set for November of this year. Throught all of the proceedings my ex-husband has not responded or filed any countering affidavits. His wife is now saying she will represent him in court as she has power of attorney over him. He is out of the country for 3 years (the courts are aware of this) but he is not with the military. Does the POA give his wife any ability to represent him? File statements or court documents on his behalf?
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Question: Me and my wife are trying to get a divorce but i wanted to know if i can get full custody of my children even if i have a misdemeanor on my background. will that affect me in any way.
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Question: I am single parent (mother) with an adopted child which is now 4 and have sole custody. I was in a relationship (non biological father) for 3 years. Now we are longer together and the "father: wants to seek legal joint custody. Can he legally obtain custody in Arizona?
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Question: I have a 2 year old child with my ex. we were never married and never went through the courts to establish custody. He moved out of state when my son was 3 months old and has only seen him a few times. My fiance is in the army and we will be relocating to texas when he gets home from his deployement. Is there a law that can stop my ex from letting me leave the state with my son, even though he doesnt even live here?
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Question: My felony drug charge was set aside and all my rights have been restored for 7 years. My wife's ex-husband is making my prior conviction an issue in regard to custody of her 11year old daughter. She has been in my life now for 5 years. My mistake was before I knew my new wife. Will my charge put my wife's custody of her daughter in jeopardy?
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Question: my sons mother and i were never married and paternity has not been established. support and visitation have been by a "gentlemans" agreeement. recently however his mother has become unresponsive, threatened to leave the state and used that threat to "blackmail" me for 2,000 dollars for her unpaid rent. i love my son a great deal and would like to both prevent her leaving w/ him and obtain custody. please advise on the expeditious way to accomplish this. thanks for your help...
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Question: my 2 girls have lived with me always their dad has not seen them in months i let them go to idaho to see their family they now are threating to file.can they keep my kids from me until court
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Question: Where do I find the forms to file to move my kids out of state (custody)
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Question: If the father is out of work, behind on child support and does not have a vehicle, does this effect his rights to decisions and time with the child, of 4 years of age?
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Question: My ex-husband has made the choice to move 1 hour away from his daugther. We have joint custody however he is telling me I have to meet him halfway for drop off and pickup on his weekends. Is this correct?
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Question: I am currently married and live in Gila County. My husband has moved out on my 2 children and I 1 week ago, and I have the opportunity to leave the state of Arizona to start over. Can I take my children as long as I put it in writing to him of where I am going and contact information?
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Question: Does AZ expedite people back to their home states because they willing unpaided child support?
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Question: I am going through a child paternity, custody, visitation, and child support case. I left arizona due to a domestic violence situation with my daughters father. I am in need of legal help and have tried yuma community legal services. He has paid for a really good lawyer which I have no money to afford one at all. He keeps doing things that I had no clue you could do and am terrified of losing my daughter to him because of this. He is not interested in the child for the right reasons. And the child would be in danger in his care. I am completly broke, any thing i can do to get legal help?
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Question: Where do i go to get signed up for the parenting class?
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Question: I've been served by the non-custodial parent for joint custody and modification of support. How do I file a response? I have 20 days and I don't know which form to use.
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Question: how old does the minor have to be to choose to stop vistation in arizona
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Question: My ex-husband and I were divorced in Maricopa County in 2004; we have both since moved back to Michigan and would like to move the case here. We have lived here for more than a year. We are unable to locate the forms we would need to file with Maricopa County to request a release of jurisdiction. Any assistance with form numbers or where to locate them would be greatly appreciated!
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Question: My finance is the father of child. As of now the child's mother is no were to be found the child was given to paternal grandparents last year, they currently have legal guardianship in CA. The child has been in our custody for the last 2 weeks in AZ. How do we start the process for legal custody.
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Question: When my 3 year old daughter was born her father refused to sign the birth certificate, he requested a paternity test be done through the state, after paternity was established they then established child support , my question is because he has not filled out any forms asking to amend her birth certificate or acknowledge paternity does he still have rights? I'm getting married and would like to have my new husband adopt her (i know her bio father will no longer be responsible for child support) and everything was done through DES.
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Question: Hello, My Ex-Husband is stationed in Germany, he is the Air Force, He is trying to take my kids or the summer, which is fine, but i am afraid that he will not return them, what kind of paperwork would i have to file to guaretee my kids return to me? plz help
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Question: i need modify join custody to sole custody, do to her iligal activity.what is the way to do so?
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Question: All, I have a 3 yrs old boy that was born when I was 24 and his mom was 16; I'm 28 now and she is 19. I pay her a weekly amount for child support (casual arrangement, have notarized letter with terms), and we had a verbal agreement that I would take him Fri night-Sun night and every other Wednesday. We got into an argument and now she will not let me see my boy; I have been a part of his life since the beginning. Can I take her to court to make custody and support legal? Will her being a 16 yr old mother be reason for criminal charges? Thanks in advance.
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Question: I have a one year old daughter. When her mother was pregnant she moved from California to Arizona. I want to file for joint custody but I don't know where to start. Do I need to go to Arizona to file?
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Question: My husband lives in Texas, I moved out of Texas over a year ago. We have no standing custody agreement for our 2 yr old daughter he is now locked up in Montana. I'm ready to file for divorce and sole custody but my sister in law says I broke the law by taking my daughter out of state with no custody agreement. Did I break the law and does he have a right to take my daughter away.
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Question: I live in the state of michigan. I have an 18 month old little boy and my ex boyfriend is trying to take custody of him from me. I have had my son for the last 14 months on my own and live with my boyfriend in michigan. I have court and cant go to arizona due to the fact I just had a new baby. I am trying to file a telephonic appearance form but have not been able to locate the forms I need to file. this is the only thing standing between custody of my son and me showing up.
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Question: I moved from AZ to Colorado to live with my mom because of abuse. I had a child with the man that I lived with who is 2yrs old. He has filed for paternity tests and sole custody. In the suit he made some serious acqusations against my mother and father. These statements are false and in no way shape or form can be proved. Can he simply make false statements to the court with no supporting proof of these statements?
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Question: The mother left me off of the birth certificate and now I would like to petition for a paternity test and look into getting parenting time. I was wondering what documents I would need to file at the court and if a trial, where she and I were both in a courtroom in front of a judge, was imminent, or if the court would bring us both in to a judge in an office to discuss things. If we were brought into an office would lawyers be allowed or strictly she and I? Also, what if I file a parenting time petition and the mother does not agree to it? Could the judge agree to it without her consent or?
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Question: If a parent is in the military and their legal state of residence is Arizona, and so was the spouses and children at time of filing, wouldn't that give Arizona jurisdiction for child custody? Even if neither person had lived in Arizona for the past 11 yrs? Parent filing at the time was stationed overseas, but has since moved back to the states. The other parent (who has the children) resides in Kentucky, but at the time was not a legal resident of Kentucky.
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Question: I have been told that is a mother and father of a child come to an agreement on custody, child support and other issues pertaining to the child that they can write it out sign it notarize it and it is legal and will hold up in court. Is this true?
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Question: My boyfriend and I (never married) had our son in TX and upon our agreeing to split decided to a three month rotation until he was old enough for school at which point I agreed to live where his father was so we could do one week on and one week off. I moved back to AZ and went to pick him up in TX after 3 months for my turn only to find out he moved from our house and is refusing me to tell him where he is unless I sign full custody to him. I calledthe police but in TX we both have 50/50 until a court were to say otherwise. Can I file for custody in AZ without him in my possesion?
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Question: where and how do i find forms to amend child custody
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Question: where are the laws ,rules,guidelines of parenting plans during a divorce?  Husband wont do mediation just wants trial.I want to start planning for daughter homeschooling during summer how do I plan ahead and enforce? we have no parenting plan agreed on.thnak you
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Question: I am the mother to a 10 yr old whose biological father is absent and my ex and I are in agreement that we want my ex to have equal joint custody and we dont know how to do this. What are the steps we need t take? Previously I had all the information but this has since expired.
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Question: How do I file an amendment to my response for custody and child support, I would like to add that i want to discuss arrearages of child support and 1/2 med exp owed by father.
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Question: My boyfriend and I have been together 6 years aand have a 3 year old child. My boyfriend and his ex have bee in a custody batter over his 11 year old son for 5 years. His ex just move dout of state and my boufriend now is the primary parent. We would like to move in to the same house and remain unmarried. Will this impact his costody arrangement with his 11 year old? Specifically, is this legal in AZ yo live together?
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Question: I have joint custody with my ex, but i have to move due to financial probs. I will not be able to have the kids because their school will be too far away. Do I need to file something with the court. I fear my ex will say I abandoned the kids.
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Question: I have a 2 year old son, shortly after he was born I was granted through the courts sole legal and physical custody. What rights does his father have even though I have both. Could he stop me from moving?
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Question: I have recently separated from my daughter's mother. We were never married and she is now planning to move to Phoenix without my consent. How do I go about filing for custody, setting visitation and prevent her from moving my daughter out of Tucson.
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Question: My son is 5 years old. I have sole custody. I read the self service paperwork and it says I have to notify the other parent or show "order terminating parental rights of the other parent." Is my divorce decree showing sole custody good enough? I know sole custody gives me the right to make decisions for my children even if my ex does not agree.
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Question: My 6 year old son has to be physically dragged into the Casa De Los Ninos exchange for his visits to his dad's. He starts crying the morning of his visitations.He won't tell anyone anything because he is afraid they will tell his dad. How can I get him an advocate or therapist that can help with this?
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Question: I am looking for free legal help/representation to ammend my parenting plan & child support order.
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Question: If you have 50/50 custody and your ex takes your child to Mexico without permission, what paper can you file to prevent this from happening again?
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Question: If I agree to Sole custody with my ex wife, does that give up my rights as a father to allow in the future my dauther to be adopted?
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Question: If both parents have passed away and the will wasn't finished before they were both passed away, but their wishes were known as to who should get the 2 children. Will that family member get the children or who legally would custody of the kids go to?
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Question: I'm a LCPL in the Marine Corps and I live in the barracks on base. I was told by my higher ups that if I have 50% custody I can qualify for a house. So that i can bring my daughter out, not for the whole 6 months but a couple weeks out of the year, she's 5 now. My ex has said she was ok with it but we are not doing anything throgh the courts and my command wants documentation. What would i need to prove 50% custody?
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Question: I am the father of an 8 year old daughter born out of wedlock. No legal paternity has ever been established, but I've maintained a close relationship with my daughter all along as well as paid child support from day one. I would like to begin the process of obtaining legal joint (if possible) custody of my daughter ahead of fears my ex may try to relocate again (already moved from to CO to AZ). I believe I will need to establish legal paternity which is no problem as I am on the birth certificate and my ex will agree, as well as establishing permenant visitation rights and also the ability to bar her from moving again. Is there a step by step process available online to set this into motion? I am unable to afford an attorney, but might be able to afford a paralegal? Please advise.
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Question: would the court allow the noncostodial parent to give up all parenting time
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Question: Im the father of a ten year old boy who wants to live with me, he tells his mother but she tells him he cant until he is old enough,is there an age limit or is it up to the court?
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Question: My question is.. my husband hs a domestic arrest 5 years ago this year, he filed for divorce, and i am going through a bankrupcty. Will any i have a chance of loosing my 3 girls ages 14,8,and 2. to him because of the money situattion. he has not supported us at all since he has ben gone(4 months)i am worried the courts will award him the sole or primary care giver for the girls(the oldest girls dont want to be with him). what to do ?
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Question: At what age in Arizona can a child go before a judge to present their opinions and feelings in regards to which parent they want to live with?
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Question: I will be going through a divorce soon but I want to know a little before I jump into it. I really want to go for full custody and I feel for numerous reasons I would get it. My ex is in the military and I feel it would be good on my part of the battle because he will end up deploying again as well as the chance of him being stationed out of country or even out of state. Is there anything you could tell me?
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Question: my 2 year old son has his fathers surname we are not married but he wanted this to be,i was wondering if i leave my boyfriend will he be able to take my son away just because the child holds the same surname as him and not my surname?
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Question: What is necessary to bring and/or fill out for a Parenting Conference with Conciliation Services ? Is there usually more than one conference? Is a child younger than the statutory age often interviewed?
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Question: I filed for divorce 2 days ago. Today I found out that my wife has committed adultery. We had agreed to joint custody because she didn't want to give up our son. Since she has committed adultery can I change the child support order bfore the 20 days are over? And will I be able to get full custody because of this?
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Question: My ex-wife left my son with me in August 2007 and moved to San Antonio, TX. On 5/19/2008 she came to my son's school and took him out and put him on a plane back to San Antonio. Even though she has sole custody the law states that she is suppose to give me 60 days notice before he can be considered to be moved to a different state. How do I get a court sanction?
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Question: My son and his former girlfriend have a 2 year old daughter. Paternity has been established. The girlfriend has been gone for over 2 weeks- she left the baby with the maternal grandmother. Does my son have a legal right to go and get his daughter. We now live in Georgia.
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Question: MY MOM HAS A HUSBAND THAT DOES REALLY BAD THINGS TO ME AND MY SISTER AND PUTS HIS HANDS ON MY MOM WE MOVED TO MY GRANDMAS BUT MY MOM SAID WE HAVE TO MOVE BACK AND I WANT TO STAY WITH GRANDMA WHAT DO I DO
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Question: My husband and I have partial custody of our 11 year old son. His child parenting plan states that he is only see his son every other weekend for a total of 6 days a month. His mother and stepfather are constantly traveling for work. We end up having him 50-75% of the month. He feels unloved in the other home. At what age can my step son choose to live with us or with them. We are from Minnesota, but permanently reside in Arizona now.
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Question: My new husband has three children that live out of state and according to the divorce papers from his previous marriage, they share joint custody. After the divorce was final in Indiana, she moved without contacting him about this move. She has not let him know where the kids are for almost six years. He pays child support every month and has no contact with them. How do we go about finding the kids to have contact with them?
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Question: Will the court order extracurricular activity to be granted if a 14 year old presents the topic to the court?
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Question: I have a current custody order. I would like to present new information to the court in an effort to alter the agreement. I can not afford a lawyer. What can I do?
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Question: What does "Undesignated" mean when it is under the EVENT TITLE on the Docket for the Judges calendar for a Return hearing in a family court case??
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Question: i am divorced, and have just found out that my ex, has enlisted in the military. he has custody of my daughter, and i have a visitation order. he wants to give the child to his mother when he gets out of basic, i now live in ohio, and need to know how to change the custody orders.
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Question: what forms do i need to file for a response to modification of custody. what format do i use to put together the forms.
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Question: My ex-wife and I are having trouble agreeing on where our son can/should attend school. He is 9 years old and currently attends a private christian school, but wants to go to public school with his step-sisters and neighborhood friends in the fall. My ex is avoiding the discussion of our son changing schools. My ex and I have joint physical and legal custody. What steps do I need to take in order to address this issue with the courts?
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Question: What exactly is "AZ ST 25-403.08" (Resources & Fees). I am a father of 2 boys and am at the final trial which is ending April. I have pretty much run out of financial resources to oay for an attorney and I have inadequate knowledge of the procedures and rules of the court. I have only petitioned to modify custody because my ex was making threats to take the children away and later she petitions for an enforcement of the decree. AZ ST 25-403.08??
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Question: i am a uncle that has been in care of my 5 yr old nephue and now my parents are trying to take him what are my rights
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Question: Can you file for joiny custody if the child is not your? The child was a step child.
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Question: We are divorced and both relocating to Phoenix--what do we need to do in order to have our child custody agreement be under Arizona jurisdiction once we've established residency?
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Question: I need to modify the visitation for my 12 year old daughter as she claims her dad drinks & drives with her during his visitation. She still loves him and wants to see him, but not stay as she does not feel safe. Can I file in a different venue? How easy is it to get a venue change?
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Question: i am going thru a divorce and received an amendment to the divorce. he is trying to get full physical and legal custody of my kids. can he do that?
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Question: we are married, my wife and i had our differences, we were getting back together, and one day she got sick, and then passed away, but before that, we had 3 girls together, but now the grandmother says that I abandoned them, and was served with paperwork. do i still have the right to be their father, if we are still leagally married? I do have the right to go there with an officer and pick up my children.
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Question: I am seperated from my wife and I have custody of our children. Do I need her authority to take my kids out of state, to go on my vacations?
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Question: I have a default divorce and my ex-wife will not give me a copy of the court papers and I do not know where to find them. She moved out of state with my daughter and I have no idea what the custody is or anything about the divorce and she will not let me see my daughter. Is there anything I can do about this?
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Question: I am currently incarcerated and have joint custody of my adolecent boys. My ex has refused to allow me to see my boys even before my conviction. I have testimony that the boys have said they will not have anything to do with me bacause their mom will get mad. have I lost my parental rights by my incarceration and can I do anything to get visitation time with my children. I am so sad over this.
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Question: I am recently divorced. We have 2 kids. Joint custody. My daughter no longer want to go to her Dads during the week, what are her rights? she is 13. Conciliation Services told me I had to wait a full year before changing custody. That couldn't be right, could it?
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Question: Last May the mother of my two children took me to court for the custody of my children. one of the decisions of the court was that the childrens mother would get to file my daughter on her taxes and I would file my son. this is in the court notes and the formal decision. come to find out, she filed both children on her income taxes this year. what do i do to resolve this?
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Question: My daughter's mother is not following our child care plan. Specifically she is taking my daughter out of town during my holiday time. Can I request a hearing and what do I file to get the hearing.
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Question: I have been seoerated from my husband for the last 8 week. He told me to take my two boy age 6 & 8 and move to my sisters in Nevada. I have both boys in school here and have a new job . befor my paper were filed with the Nevada. He filed in AZ. I was served today with paper stating I must return the children to Flagstaff. I need to know what I can do to appeal this discision. My husband has anger issues he is bypolar and has very eratic behavior
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Question: I have filed a petition to modify custody and have been denied a hearing. How long before I can re-file?
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Question: I have filed a petition to modify custody and have been denied a hearing. How long before I can re-file?
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Question: I am a father of a 5 year old and my ex is using meth, she's denying it now, but the signs are there and my ex mother inlaw has asked me to get full custody. How can I get emergency custody of my child?
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Question: Is it considered abandonment of my children if I moved out of the home and moved maybe 4 blocks away? I left my husband but am still with my kids everyday.
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Question: I have a son who his father and I aren't married but the father is on the birth certificate. His father just got out of prison and threatens me with leaving the state with my son. How do I get soul custody of my son?
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Question: My husband and I want to know the best way to ensure that if something were to happen to us both, that our daughter would not become a ward of the state. How can we ensure that she would go to my husband's parents for guardianship?
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Question: my ex filed for a order of protection and was granted it against me for him and my kids the year is now up and i need to know how to get my babies back i tried to file to get the order dropped but could not get to the courthouse to do it now i havent seen my kids in 12 months please help
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Question: Does a parent have to have health insurance on his or her child to be able to file for joint, physical custody?
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Question: My husband and I are getting a divorce. He is living out of state so I currently have custody of our daughter. I am afraid that he will come and take her away. What can I do to make sure that he isn't able to do that???
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Question: what does Contributing to the delinquency of a minor mean?
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Question: Where can I find a court approved parenting class?
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Question: If both parents agree to 50/50 custody and neither want to pay or recieve child support what is the law? Will one of the parents have to pay some amount?
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Question: I gave revocable guardianship to my mom when I moved out of state so the kids could finish that school year and I started my new job. Now that I have petitioned to revoke guardianship, she is suing me for custody. I am so far and not sure how to handle this.
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Question: can i choose which parent i want to live with, if not, what age can i?
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Question: I am divorced and my ex left AZ after. My children are with me but he still has partial custody. He has not contacted or seen the children in 3+yrs. No card, call or anything. My current husband would like to legally become their father. I have no idea where my ex is or how to even contact him. I have an agency searching for him for non payment of child support and they cannot even find him! Could you tell me how to dissolve his rights as father so that my current husband can make them his kids since that is who they call dad. I also want his rights taken away because if anything were to happen to me I don't want him to be able to come in and take them because they wouldn't know him or feel safe with him because of past events.
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Question: Can a Father (who is currently married) take the child (of the marriage) and leave to another state without a court decision on custody or any other legal filing.
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Question: I have 2 daughters with a mixed native american women who I was never married to and I want to gain custody of our daughters but I am not native american. Is this possible?
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Question: i need direction in finding a class were i can take for reinterduction so that i may see my children
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Question: If I have sole custody do I need the other parents permission to take our child out of the country on vacation?
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Question: What if I've been to prison and while I was there, my son's father took me to court and got sole legal custody, and since then has dumped my son off on his family (3 years) and has left the state? Do I have any right to do anything? He does not support our son in anyway.
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Question: Can I request to get custody of my daughter through the court if 1. her mother cannot support her, she doesn't have a job. Her mother is also not following the court orders regarding visitation.
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Question: I have a 10 month old son, I was not married to the father, he is on the birthcertificate, we have lived together not as a couple but raising him since his birth, I want to move to another state to live with a family member to start my life over, I have received mixed legal advise on this, there are NO documents in place determining custody etc,Do I have custody since I am his mother like other states and can I leave without any legal consequences?
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Question: Is there specific paper I need to move out of state after a divorce where I have received sole custody of the children
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Question: My husband and I are getting divorced and have 4 children under the age of 12. We have not been able to reach an agreement on custody and temporary orders  included that joint physical custody be granted. In addition, there are "parentling evaluations" scheduled . What is a "Parenting evaluation" and what kinds of questions should I expect? Will there be an opportunity for me to provide the evaluator with inforation? Thank you!
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Question: My ex wife and I have been divorced for 18 months and it involved two kids. Our divorce decree and final agreement is filed in Rogers County Oklahoma. I now live in Arizona and have since the separation in May of 05. This summer my son came to visit and he has been asking his mom if he could live here and she gave me written and verbal permission that he could and now he has been here for 3 months with the agreement that we would modify the final agreement and child support. He is enrolled in school and school activities and after school activities and is doing very well. She is now wanting him to come back to Oklahoma and I want to file documents to keep her from doing this........can I do it here in Arizona or does he have to be here for a certain amount of time? Where can I go to get more info on the net?
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Question: My girlfriend and I have two children together. I would like to gain custody of them since she has been experiencing mental health issues and cannot take care of the children.  I cannot afford a lawyer and have been told I cannot leave the state without her permission and was also told since the children's birth certificates establish I am the father and that they have my last name I can relocate with them. I can't get a straight answer !
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Question: Can I file for back child support for a child I raised for eight years if I did not originally ask for child support? Custody changed to the mother about a year and a half ago where she did not ask for child support and now she is filing for it.
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Question: Does a mother have sole custody of a child if you have a child out of wedlock and there is no court order in place?
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Question: What parental rights do I have as a non-custodial parent. The custodial parent refuses to inform of medical conditions, medical and dental visits, school functions (states I am forbidden to attend), parent-teacher conferences, open house at school, basically he believes I am not permitted to have any form of contact outside my ordered visitation time - Saturdays 7am - 6pm?
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Question: How do I apply to the Superior Court for an Order of Temporary Custody of a Minor?
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Question: I was never married to my sons biological father who happens to be an illegal immigrant. Paternity and child support have been established by the court and I have sole legal custody. The Order states that father is not to pick up child from daycare. How do I enforce this?
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Question: Please describe what the courts look at for "best Interest for the child". Do they take into account what the child(ren) want?
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Question: what are the fathers rights if not married?
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Question: My daughter's father has abandoned her for the last 6 years. Can I file for termination of parental rights and how do I do so.
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Question: While I was with my Mom at her boyfriend's house in CA, my friend and I walked in on them watching porn in the living room. They didn't hear us come in so she doesn't know that I know. I told my Dad and he is trying to decide how to handle this. I want to know (and so does my Dad) if this is reason enough for my Dad to get sole custody. Now they both have joint physical custody. Has a crime been commited and how will the courts view this event? Thank you.
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Question: I am divorced and my ex took my children out of the state of arizona. She didnt give written notice of this and she lied to me and the children that she was moving some where else in the state what can I do to get my children back???
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Question: How are custody issues decided?
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Question: do I lose my rights to my child if a grandparent is apointed permanent guardian?
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Question: How can my ex-husband file court papers changing the custody orders made with our divorce, stating that i can not take my son out of the county they live in. hes not even his son. its a long story and i need help getting my kids back.
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Question: What if I don't agree to court decision in custody/parenting time self representation/ attourney for other party. can I file an appeal or express my reasons for not agreeing
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Question: I am a father of two and my wife physically and mentally abuses our kids. How can I get emergency custody of my two kids?
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Question: What are Conciliation Services?
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