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Biological Father Visitation Rights?
My Daughter Is 8 Years Old And Has Only Lived With Me (Bio Mother) Her Entire Life. Her Bio Father Was Not Around When I Was Pregnant, From The Time She Was 4 Months To One Year Old He Saw Her Less Than 10 Times And Never Without Me Present.
I Filed For Full Custody Of Her When She Was 1 Year Old. He Did Not Show Up To Any Of The Court Dates, Therefore I Was Granted Full Custody With No Problems. He Was Ordered To Pay Child Support, But Has Not Made A Payment In Over 6 Years. Just Recently The Department Of Child Support Found Him And Is Taking Child Support Out Of His Checks (2 Payments So Far).
Just Recently He Contacted Me, Which I Haven'T Heard From Him This Entire Time, To Tell Me That He Is Taking Me To Court To Get Visitation Of Our Daughter.
My Main Concerns Are That He Lives In A Different State, So He Is Not Close To Us At All. Also That He Is Just Doing This Out Of Spite Since He Has To Pay Child Support. He Is A Stranger To My Daughter And I Would Not Feel Comfortable Letting Her Go With Him Alone, Also I Can Not Guarentee That He Will Stay In Her Life Once This Happens, He Is Very Unstable (He Moves Around Alot From State To State To State) And It May Cause Her More Harm Than Good.
Does He Have A Chance Of Getting Visitations With Her?? If So What Should I Expect?
I Live In Washington State
Sweetie, I am so sorry to hear about your situation. You certainly have good reason to be concerned and as your daughter's mother and thus, her first and best advocate, you need to get everything in order to prepare for the potential fight you are about to have on your hands.
First off, if your ex is a decent person, not dangerous and actually has good intentions and a desire to be an real father to your daughter, he does deserve the right to get to know her. If he is a decent guy, it can only benefit her to get to know her biological father and have a good relationship with him - even if it took him 8 years to figure it out. However, if he is a dirtbag, selfish POS with bad intentions and does not have your daughter's best interests at heart, you have to get ready for the fight of your life. My daughter is now 4 y/o and her father - well, we won't go into that. My point is, I know all too well the power of "Father's Rights Groups" in the family court system. The system is so backward right now it's unbelievable. I would be happy to tell you my story and give you whatever advice I can but not on here. Please email me directly if you wish.
The first thing you need to know is that when it comes to the "family law system" you have no friends. You may get lucky and have no enemies, but never trust that anyone involved will automatically do the "right thing." Courts now push "father's rights" over the best interest of the child in every way. It's terribly frightening to see firsthand, mothers being treated as overbearing, overprotective b1tches when all they are trying to do is protect their children. As you see from the 2nd or 3rd responder, these people don't even know your situation yet they immediately assume and label you a "gatekeeper" (or worse). They will throw out terms like "parental alienation" to try to discredit your very valid concerns and intimidate you. The first thing you need to do is document EVERYTHING. I'm sure you know what I mean by that but if it needs more clarification, feel free to email me directly. Next, find and retain the BEST lawyer you can find. In the family courts, the best lawyer (usually the most expensive) is generally more familiar with the judges, the Guardian ad Litems, etc and thus, gets heard. If you can't afford a great lawyer, find a way. As a disabled veteran and single mother I had such limited resources, I ended up just so grateful to be able to have any lawyer, regardless the fact that she awful. In retrospect, I should have found a way to hire a much better lawyer. I don't care if you have to beg, borrow or steal; get the best lawyer out there - or at least the lowest paid in the most well-known, reputable firm.
Know this; unless he is a dangerous criminal (at present) and you have proof, he will get visitation with her and he will most likely be given overnight visits at that. Begin preparing your daughter now in every way you can. It sounds like your ex is a jerk and you don't want him around your daughter. If you have valid reasons for that, document them and get evidence BEFORE any court action happens. Also, search the Judicial websites to look for any outstanding criminal cases he is involved in. Don't assume the courts (or even your daughter's advocate - the "guardian ad litem" (if/when one is appointed for your case) will take steps to find anything like that out. My daughter's father had 3 charges pending throughout most of our custody case (which was a lot more serious than "just a custody case"), one of which was a felony, and no one ever even knew it. I only found out by accident, a few months AFTER the judge ruled and a parenting plan was already in place. It is virtually impossible to get a family court order changed once the case in completed and the "parenting plan" is in place. Honestly, I hope things are very different for you but you should know my story is not unusual. I have seen it with others and all you have to do is a quick search of the net to find thousands of cases where well-meaning mothers have been steamrolled by the family court system. God help our children! ! I hope your daughter's father is not that big of a jerk and actually puts your daughter's needs above his own to allow a long transition period before she is thrown into having overnight - or consecutive overnights - visits with a virtual stranger. . I wish you every bit of luck out there. And perhaps, as someone else said, he is just blowing smoke. All I'm saying is don't wait until you are served (btw, you get the courts short calendar notice in the mail just a few days before your court date is scheduled for, and you do not always get "served" properly) to start getting ready for what may very well be the most emotionally draining, frightening, sickening battle of your life.
Question For Lawyers Or Paralegals, Criminal Law?
I Have Always Been Interested In Criminal Law And I Am Thinking About Going To School To Be A Paralegal. I Would Like To Know How Many Positions There Are For Paralegals Working In Criminal Law? Criminal Defense Is The Only Thing I Would Want To Do. It Appears To Me That There Are Not Many Criminal Law Paralegals Out There, Am I Wrong?
No, not many paralegals that specialize in the area of criminal law. I am a paralegal and some of the attorneys in our office take criminal cases, but they also take personal injury cases, insurance defense cases, product liability, etc. The trick is going to be finding a law firm that specializes in criminal defense. Personally, I'll work for a defense firm but not a plaintiff firm. Good luck.
Driving Under The Influence?
My Uncle Just Got His Second Dui In Less Than 2 Weeks...What Do You Guys Suppose Will Happen?
Depending on the state - most will send him to jail for a bit and he will be fined heavily. Some states make a DUI a felony when driving on a summary of suspension for another.
Wedding Photography Legal And Insurance And Other Small Details?
I Want To Eventually Go Into Wedding Photography But Want To Get An Understanding Of The Following Information:
-Legal Things...Contracts, Liabilities Etc...
And How To Go About Shooting Wedding For Experience And Portfolio Building Without The Above- Which Im Aware Is Dangerous And Risky...But How Should One Get The Experience? Only Through Second Shooting?
There just simply is no better way to gain proper experience than by being a second shooter to an established working pro. Barring that, I will supply some links that might help you out some. If you strike out on your own without some good background in doing wedding photography, at least try to keep your initial wedding shoots to relatively small affairs where the pressure is not so high, and most importantly, charge NO money. No matter how large or small the wedding though, always have back up equipment. Relying on one camera body or one flash or one lens to never fail is just asking for trouble.
It is a good idea to join the PPA, the Professional Photographers of America. Insurance and tons of business help can be obtained through the organization.
It is always a good idea to get in contact with a local chapter of SCORE, which is a resource partner of the US Small Business Administration that offers free counseling and resources to people interested in starting or growing a small business. A good way to get the information and advice you need about such things as a business license, tax liability, accounting, business structure, insurance needs, etc.
Here are various items that can be of use, most importantly the section where you can obtain CONTRACTS and RELEASES:
Here is an excellent book well worth the investment:
Last but not least, here are some links dealing with wedding photography you may find helpful:
Best of luck to you. Nice to have someone here for a change who obviously has some good sense!
Legal Question, Need Lawyers Please?
Ok, Here Is The Situation.
I Was Served With Papers Notifying Me That A Creditor Was Suing Me For An Outstanding Balance From The Hospital On The Birth Of My Daughter. I Sent Them A Check For The Full Amount Being Requested, Which Included The Interest They Are Asking For.
A Couple Weeks Later, I Get A Letter From The Law Firm, Requesting $103 More Dollars, With No Explanation As To What This Balance Is For.
I Sent Them Back A Fax, Requesting Documentation Of These Futher Charges And Have Heard Nothing Back.
In The Meantime, I Received Notification From The Court That Our Court Date Has Been Set For November 8.
I Don'T Have The $100 Sitting Around ( I Took An Advance Off My Credit Card To Pay The Initial $2200) So What Are My Options Here?
I Do Not Believe That They Can Force Me To Pay A Balance With No Substantiation, Yet Here Comes The Court Date.
What Should I Do?
Unfortunately you have no choice but to appear in court. They will have to turn over whatever bills they have to show the cost you owe.
What happens next will depend on the judge. Hopefully he's a pro-consumer judge like what I have in my county.
Note that in many states, court costs are NOT automatically ordered. If this happened in my court, the judge would simply tell this collection attorney that you made an honest effort to pay this bill, thus avoiding the need to come to court. Now the attorney is forcing a court visit over a $100 bill, taking up valuable time from the court to hear such a frivilous case. He would probably not award court costs.
Don't hold your breath for this to happen, because there are an awful lot of jerk judges out there too! But go to court and give your side. You have no choice, unfortunately.
Just be sure that you tell the judge you requested that they disclose the billing information and the lawyer refused.
Any Immigration Attorneys Out Their?
Hello My Girlfriend Was Brought Here To The U.S. As Baby....Meaning That She Was Brought Here By Her Parents Illegaly. I Was Born Here In The U.S. Will She Be Able To Get Her Green Card If I Marry Her. I Heard That She Will Have To Leave The Counrty Is This True..... Please On Professional Answers
I'm not an attorney, but have been through the process and know a lot of others who have also been through the process of getting permanant residency for their spouse. You would have to go into a bit more detail to get a good answer. If she has only entered that one time, then she would be eligible to file a waiver and if that is approved, she would get her permanant residency. She will have to leave the country and go to an interview in the country where she was born... if that is Mexico, she will go to Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, TX and will have her interview there. If she has her interview there, they have a new program called the pilot program, and she may (depending on your case's specifics) only be out of the country for a couple of weeks. If the case is complicated or if she has any type of criminal record, she could be out of the country for a year or more... Please go to the weblink and post your question at that forum, you will find great answers, and be able to tell your story to others going through the same thing. There is also an immigration attorney that has a free chat every Wednesday, and you can ask her questions, too at the chat... She does come to the site often, also. I hope that helps.