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I have been in the Franklin county system for 17 years, my son is 17 years old. His mom is crazy (literally) but everyone who is in this situation says that the mother is crazy. I hired an attorney, got a guardian ad litem asigned to my son and once he realized that the mother really was crazy, he made a recommendation to the court to get psych evaluations done. Keep in mind that you too will be required to go through the evaluation process. You will be responsible for half of the Guardians hourly rate as well as half of the cost of the evaluation and your own attorney fees. Document everything even if you dont think it is a big deal. Just having detailed documentation will go a long way with the court. Stay out of trouble and focus on your kids best interest even when you want to knock the bitch out. As for high priced attorneys, my personal opinion is that you need a competent attorney that you can work with. 95% of these cases never make it to trial which is where the high priced lawyers will earn their money. Until then, you will be paying $500 an hour for work that is done by their $10 an hour admin asst. Most of the work in these cases are admin tasks. Be prepared for a long ride. Nothing happens fast. You will go to court, wait in the lobby for 2 hours only to have your attorney come out and tell you there is a continuance. It will take about a year to get to trial but you will most likely settle before it goes to trial. If you can get 50/50 visitation, take it and be sure to stipulate what happens if either party moves. Otherwise, you will be chasing her all over the place. As a father, you are fighting an up hill battle and nobody ever officially "wins". Unless you and the mother can come to common ground and raise your child without alienation and/or animosity towards each other. Rarely ever happens though. Fwiw, I did get custody of my 17 year old son when he was in the 6th grade and I started the process when he was born. In total, it cost me about $50k which would be really nice to have for college about now.
No...Stupid Advice. Good way to get a CPO on you and a 5yr ban on ever seeing your kid.
Thanks for the help and words of wisdom everyone. definitely not a pleasant situation. reassuring to know that there are others i can reach out to.
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