I'm assuming that you have custody order in place. You would need to go back to that original custody order so whatever parish that is in you have to deal with that first. If you are in another parish you could ask that the case be transferred to the parish you now live in. In any event you then file for a a modification of custody that raises the important events that have occurred since the last time you have been to court. You would then need to obtain a court date, have your ex served,...
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I would attend court. If you have custody of your granddaughter you might be called as a witness. Many times an assistant district attorney reduces or dismisses a case if there is no opposition by the victim. You being present would show concern and gives a face to the victim. Additionally if the case is dismissed or charge reduced then the mother would probably seek custody from you.
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You should inquire about getting the matter expunged. Sometimes when a plea is entered the attorney and/or client does not take advantage of the expungement article. If this occurs then the case can be "reopened" to give the benefit of the pertient article. An expungement is expensive with the filing fee alone being approximately $600. However having the matter properly expunged should allow you to pass any background checks.
I don't think that it would matter. With the child still being an infant when the custody litigation I believe you would have the upper hand as its rare to give full custody of an infant to a father. The only way that I could see the infidelity being used is if the person you were with had a drug or violent history.
Yes. A subpoena an order from the court making it mandatory that you attend. Failure to attend could result in contempt which includes you being fined and jailed. If you have things worked out you should attend and let the judge know of this fact.
In Louisiana, a Judge looks at the Article 134 factors in determining the best interest of the child and in awarding custody. One of those factors is the child's preference if the court determines that he is of sufficient age to make that decision. Usually a 13 year old is of sufficient age. So if you were in Louisiana, it would be only be one factor. The answer to your second question would be yes. If your child is no longer living with you and living with the other parent who is paying...