Does one spouse have legal right to leave and take the children?

Answer No. Although we often hear stories about that happening, and some married couples separate without court involvement, married parents have equal parental rights. One has no legal right to take the ... Read More »

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Does a step parent have the legal right to refuse visitation if under false allegations from step children?

I assume it's not the step parent that is granted visitation. This is something the step parent and spouse have to work out since it's the spouse who has asked for visitation and therefor it's her ... Read More »

If you are the custodial parent but work at night does the biological father have the right to take custody of the children?

Answer If you have custody awarded or appointed by the court, the father will have to go through the court to get custody. Usually, to reverse such an order, he would have to prove that being in y... Read More »

Can you take your children and just leave with no warning if you have joint custody?

It depends on whether you mean permanently or simply for a vacation. First, you cannot violate a visitation order without the consent of the non-custodial parent, preferably in writing. You do not ... Read More »

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