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What are your rights as a father in Arizona?

Married (or married at the time of birth) fathers have equal rights to custody as mothers in AZ. There are no (active) laws establishing that a mother is to be given more rights to a child in a ...
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Can a parent kick out their underage kid's kids?

north-carolina A parent is responsible for supporting their minor child, therefore they cannot "kick out" their child (they can arrange for someone else to take care of the child but they ...
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What are the legal implications of a common-law marriage followed by a formal marriage?

A and B have been in a common law marriage for many years. A and C then apply for and receive a marriage license. When A and C marry, what is the legal status of each marriage? I assume in answering ...
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Can you sue the courts and involved agencies for custody orders that proved harmful to you as a child?

The State of California is not responsible for injuries committed by private citizens Sorry to hear about your friend. Jamal may have a case (although the scope is narrow and timeframes are strict and ...
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Can witness from another state be held accountable?

Perjury is a crime in every state, and being a resident of a state is not a requirement for criminality. You can't lie in court just because you don't live in a state of the court. Compelling ...
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What are your rights as a father in Arizona?

The right of the father is basically to have parental decision making and parenting time adjudicated in the form of a custody order and child support order the context of a judicial proceeding, and to ...
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Is It Legal to Marry a Jew?

First, there is no prohibition against a Jewish man marrying an Eastern European woman in Israel. If they are both Jewish, the marriage can be performed in Israel. If they are not the same religion, ...
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What legal responsibility does a mother have to the father of her child?

The following answers are based upon general U.S. law, I have not personally confirmed that they apply in Illinois in particular under its adoption law, or each of its welfare benefits programs, or ...
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In a marriage, can one spouse just run away and declare this a "separation"?

A spouse in Toronto, Canada can seek a divorce at any time by filing a petition in the appropriate court in Ontario Province, although it is only granted after the parties have been separated for at ...
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Can the mother of a child keep the father's name off of the child's birth certificate?

Under 28 Pa. Code 1.6, The child of an unmarried woman may be registered with any surname requested by the mother. If no other surname is so requested, the child shall be registered with the ...
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If a 12 year old child uses his mother's car without her consent

Depending on the country (not mentioned), the mother may be at fault for not keeping the car out of the hands of her son, but on the other hand, it seems quite impossible to 100% prevent a determined ...
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What can a father do to become the primary caregiver?

You seem to have put a lot of thought into this - which is good. However, the short answer is: There is no legal solution. To address your points: And legally, my future wife has the right to ...
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What are the laws regarding eviction of adult children from residence in the UK?

The Protection from Eviction Act 1977 defines an excluded tenancy as, amongst other things, a tenancy that is granted for other than money or money's worth ((7)(a)). This means that someone who ...
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U.S. - "tough love" eviction of child (non-minor, not paying rent)

Before you go changing locks, you might want to hire an attorney. There is law in Ohio that governs "such" relationship, which are typically landlord-tenant relationships, but might not be strictly ...
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Is there a better state for men divorce?

General Considerations While I am not convinced that this question isn't proper for this site, I don't think that, for the most part, it has a clear and simple answer. Also, strictly speaking there is ...
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Can behaviour of a witness in a witness box affect the outcome of the proceedings?

Witness demeanor is absolutely relevant, both to evaluate the credibility of a witness and in a matter such as a child custody case, to evaluate the merits of what constitutes the "best interests of ...
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In the US, at what age can a child refuse to attend a religious service mandated by their parent?

Are there actual laws written, or de facto situations (e.g. let's say another law specifies that a child can't be physically forced to go anywhere without causing abuse) where the child can refuse ...
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How legally enforceable are documents giving up paternity?

This is indeed an area of law where the answer does depend on the jurisdiction. As a 2015 article on the subject noted (and I am loathe to refer to less current sources as this is a rapidly changing ...
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Is it perjury lying to a Med. Examiner. & Funeral Dir. about being next of kin?

Contempt This is not contempt of court, which happens only in the physical presence of a judge, or in relation to a court order known by the person to be held in contempt to exist and related to that ...
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Can a woman deny her husband or a stranger paternity test?

Short Answer Can a woman deny her husband or a stranger paternity test? Can a woman deny her husband a paternity test if he thinks she cheated on her? In California, up to the child attaining the ...
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Do men lose custody of children if they are found to not be the biological father?

This depends on your state, but most likely they would stay the father. Many states abide by the Uniform Parentage Act, and part of that act states that if a man has been acting in the role of Father ...
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Can males be held liable for child support for wife's child?

According to http://info.legalzoom.com/divorce-am-responsible-kids-not-mine-20971.html Your stepchildren -- the biological kids, adopted children and stepchildren that your spouse acquired in ...
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Motion or Demand for Discovery (NY) (Family Law)

To paraphrase the Princess Bride: "I don't think those words mean what you think they do". The "truther-activist", "sovereign citizen", and "Citizen vs. Human Being" concepts will only hurt you. It ...
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Is it legal for parents in Iowa not to allow 16 year old to attend high school

The child does not have a legal right to determine how Iowa's compulsory education law is obeyed. The first section of the law says that the custodian of a child who is of compulsory attendance age ...
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What would happen if this would to happen in a paternity case?

There are a couple of flaws in your hypothetical. Nobody, certainly not the state, represents the birth records as inerrant or complete. Birth records frequently have to be corrected. In fact the ...
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Does the father have the rights to keep the baby that the mother wants adopted?

Overview of Notice Requirements To Fathers Prior To Adoption In Illinois The father has some rights, but they are very limited in Illinois under the kind of circumstances set forth in the ER dialog. ...
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Non-custodial parent fails to exercise visitation -- what can custodial parent do (NY)?

This question makes me sad. I think the answer will likely not be a legal one but, rather, an emotional one. Courts have many reasons to be reluctant to impose a duty of visitation upon a ...
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Ex wife moving out the country with my daughters

Child custody (and alimony) are determined by state courts, so the exact details are state-dependent. There is no legal basis for a person preventing thrie former spouse from moving (assuming the ...
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Can a person sign away alimony after marriage

It depends. An agreement of the type you describe is called a post-nuptial agreement or marital agreement. These agreements are not prohibited, but are subject to heightened scrutiny. In determining ...
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