A: Massachusetts child support laws allow for child support and educational expenses payments even after your child turns 18 and up to 23 years of age. The court looks at whether your child is “principally dependent” upon one parent which is usually understood to mean that the adult child lives primarily with one parent and includes time when your child is living at college as long as he/she lives with you during breaks and school vacation. An attorney can help review any orders you currently have in place to determine how best to proceed. Child support may be awarded retroactively, but only back to the day of filing, so If you are entitled to support, you should consider that as well.
A: If Probation has issued a warrant for you, then, as you probably know, you can be arrested on that warrant at any time and possibly held on bail pending any Violation of Probation hearing.
Many lawyers offer free consultations and may help you decide what your options are and see if you can arrange with your Probation Officer to answer to the warrant and deal with your issues. For a free consultation, you may call my office at (978) 412-2141, Attorney Kim Gibson Carnevale, Carnevale Law Office, 70 Washington Street, Suite 214, Salem, MA. 01970
A: Whether you have the right to talk with your son‘s doctor(s) first depends upon the court Order that is currently in place regarding legal custody of your son. Thus, if the emergency order grants sole legal custody to his paternal grandparents as guardians, which it likely does, then only they have the legal right to get information from the doctor(s). The doctor(s) can legally only take information from you and cannot give you information.
In addition, mental health providers will have to abide by client privilege with your son.
You should consult with an attorney before speaking with the doctors Or the grandparents since your statements may be used against you in the guardianship case. If you are indigent, you can call the clerk’s office and see how to file a Motion for court appointed counsel. If not, Local Bar Associations also have Lawyer referral services including lawyers who provide reduced fees for people who qualify.