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If I leave the house, what should I take with me?
If you have minor children who live with you, take your children with you. The
most important thing is that you and your children get to a safe place. Do not
stop to bring anything else with you unless it is safe to do so. If there is a
dispute over custody of your children in the future, you will have a much better
chance of ending up with the children if they stay with you.
If there is time:
Take all checkbooks and bank
books; you are likely to need
money when you are out of the
house. If you have a joint
account (in both your name
and his), remember that both of
you have the ability to take all
of the money out of the account
Take all birth certificates, social
security cards, marriage
licenses, and other forms of
identification. You will need
these if you decide to apply for
welfare, and they can be very
important for other kinds of
transactions (cashing checks,
getting a new driver's license,
Take all passports, green cards,
visas, and any other
immigration papers so that you
can handle your own legal
immigration status efforts, are
able to leave the country if you
want to, and make it more
difficult for him to take the
children out of the country.
Take anything else which is
important to you. This may be
the car
title, and
Bail commissioner -
is a person who
works for the court. If a person is
arrested and remains in jail, the bail
commissioner may set bond or other
conditions for the person’s release.
The bail commissioner may also be
referred to as “Court Support
Services Division Bail” or “CSSD Bail”
for short.
Bond or bail
- money or assets a
person who has been arrested must
deposit as a guarantee that he will
show up for court dates. If the
person doesn't show up, the court
keeps the money. If the person
appears in court when required,
then at the end of the case, the
money is returned.
Bail bondsman
- is a business
person. If a person can't pay the
bond himself, he can pay around
10% of the bond to a bondsman.
The bondsman guarantees the bond
to the police or court, and keeps the
percent the person paid
(permanently) as a fee. If the person
doesn’t show up, the bondsman must
bring him to court, or else the
bondsman will have to pay the full