You need a lawyer to help you keep CPS focused on placing the child with you. Technically you have no standing in Juvenile Court. However, a lawyer can keep The Department of Social Services honest.
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If a parent actually had the child living with them and paid the childs living expenses, an equitable offset is the appropriate remedy.
Possibly, however the statement is not really going to make much of a difference. Money is always a motivating factor for both parents. The issue is will a parent actually devote themselves to the children while in their care. The motive is not that important.
The court can force the sale if she is not paying for it. You can also buy her out. You can seek a remedy in court to compel her to pay the mortgage or force the sale.The lender may start a foreclosure. Contact the lender and make sure they send notices to you so you have information on time tables concerning any foreclosure.
Input from the children can be taken into consideration as one of many factors. A competent custody evaluator should be appointed in this case to look into the negative influence of the father.