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May-01-2012, 08:16 AM #1
Well the hard part was done. I got custody of my son, then his mom left the state and moved to VA.
My son is four and autistic, his mom didn't prepare him for her leaving. Only said she was leaving and would see him soon.
He goes to special education four days a week now and the entire month of July he will as well.
The problem is his mom is fighting to have him the entire summer. She left him on the west coast with me and wants him during the "fun" parts of the year and to leave me with all the hard work. The thing is, when my son even misses a couple days of school, he comes back and the teachers almost have to start with square one with him. He needs to go to his summer school, it's proven to help him but the only thing his mom see is that I am keeping her son from her. I have tried to reason with her, nothing works and I see lawyers getting involved. There is so much more to my son than just this but he needs constant help and I have poured my heart into his education and fighting to get him even more help than he is getting now.
So does anyone have a good family lawyer?
Sorry for the pouring out, when it comes to my son I wear my heart on my sleeve.You can't fix stupid
May-01-2012, 08:20 AM #2
May-01-2012, 08:24 AM #3
I don't know of an attorney in Washington but, Good job Dad. Fight for your son and you'll win as the courts are much different today.
May-01-2012, 08:36 AM #4
Scoot contact some of the families that may have gone through this or other tough situations maybe contacts from school or from support groups, talk to several attorneys before choosing one and check for references. the attorneys are always the ones that come out ahead...and their interest are typically in your bank account.. good luck
May-01-2012, 08:55 AM #5
Don;t know any layers up in your neck of the woods, but I do wish all the best to you. Way to fight for your son!
May-01-2012, 09:00 AM #6
I work in the the criminal justice system (if that title really fits anymore) and have a lot of contact with family lawyers, etc. I will check and see if I can find someone somewhat close to you. as a side note, my son and I have been volunteering at the Autism Center here in the Tri Cities and both of us have found it to be a very rewarding experience. I will get back to you later today if I can.
May-01-2012, 10:48 AM #7
I don't know any lawyers that specialize in family law but I do with you the best of luck.
May-01-2012, 02:29 PM #8
Stick to your guns Scott, and fight like hell for your son. I'd line up a entire horde of doctors, educators, specialists, psychologists, etc, and have them write up affidavits in support of your son, and of the necessity of maintaining a strict regimen to ensure your son has the most opportunity for success. The more you demonstrate to the court the importance of keeping up an uninterrupted schedule of education, the better your odds of prevailing.
You're definitely ahead of the curve by getting custody. Washington courts rarely award custody to the male parent. Don't be afraid to get nasty to retain your hard-won battles thus far. Keep in mind you're fighting for your son, and attempting to do what's best for him. Demonstrating to the court that his mother essentially abandoned him will go a long ways towards attaining that goal.
I've had some dealings myself with custody battles. I don't know anyone in your area, but if you'd like, I'll share what knowledge I have about the local talent in the Tri-Cities. Shoot me a PM if you'd like their names.
Best of luck to you Scott.
May-01-2012, 02:50 PM #9
Scott check if you have a fathers rights group up there, non profit. They have helped me a lot down here in so cal. Good luck.
May-01-2012, 04:15 PM #10
I have a couple lines out to lawyer friends who think they will be able to put you in touch with a good advocate in your area.
to concur with Toms sentiments, the advice of one of the lawyers I spoke to was to go against your natural instinct. be nasty and selfish if it is in the best interest of your child.
hopefully, I will hear something tonight or in the morning.