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    viix is offline Junior Member
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    Custody Trial

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    I'm a Dad currently going through a child custody battle. I have had my children since my wife willingly called me at said to come get them. She had stopped showing up to court and I was granted full custody and she gets supervised visitation. She is now fighting for the kids and at our last court a couple of months ago I was again granted full custody and she gets supervised visitation. Our children's guardian ad litem supported this order. She apposed this judgement and the judge is sending it to trial. I do not have the money for a lawyer. What should I bring to be prepared?

    Details that support me:
    I work and support my children, provide health insurance, make and keep doctor and dentist appointments, provide a steady home for them, make sure they attend school and get good grades, and love them very much.

    Details about my ex-wife:
    She lives in a pull behind camper (in Wisconsin), does not have her own vehicle, has only payed 5 weeks child support this year, has a history of mental illness which includes suicide attempts, drug addictions, abusive boyfriends and goes missing on the regular basis.
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    Ohiogal is offline Senior Member
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    Quote Originally Posted by viix View Post
    Wisconsin

    Wisconsin

    I'm a Dad currently going through a child custody battle. I have had my children since my wife willingly called me at said to come get them. She had stopped showing up to court and I was granted full custody and she gets supervised visitation. She is now fighting for the kids and at our last court a couple of months ago I was again granted full custody and she gets supervised visitation. Our children's guardian ad litem supported this order. She apposed this judgement and the judge is sending it to trial. I do not have the money for a lawyer. What should I bring to be prepared?

    Details that support me:
    I work and support my children, provide health insurance, make and keep doctor and dentist appointments, provide a steady home for them, make sure they attend school and get good grades, and love them very much.

    Details about my ex-wife:
    She lives in a pull behind camper (in Wisconsin), does not have her own vehicle, has only payed 5 weeks child support this year, has a history of mental illness which includes suicide attempts, drug addictions, abusive boyfriends and goes missing on the regular basis.
    You are asking the wrong questions.
    Try doing this:
    1) Read the local rules.
    2) Read the rules of evidence.
    3) Read the rules of civil procedure.
    4) Read the statutes governing custody.

    Watch a trial before you need to file a pretrial statement. Then determine what you need to do to have it dismissed for lack of a substantial change in circumstance. Subpoena their medical records (the children's), school records and their teachers (if necessary). Also subpoena the notes from the visitation center and visitation supervisors. Make sure mom is listed as mom on all those records. prepare your questions for mother based on the best interests of the children. Determine who can help you prove your case. Realize mom has the burden.
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    Parents should remember 3 things: Love your kids more than you hate your ex; when you have children the relationship with the other parent is until death; your children determine what type of nursing home you end up in.
    Nothing stated by me should be taken as giving you legal advice or forming an attorney/client relationship.

    Attorney-GAL in Ohio.

    I've removed the knife from my back, polished it, and will one day return it -- long after you think I have forgotten.

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