I have sole custody of my children. Their father has been in and out if their lives for two and a half years. Just this last week he has decided that the wants to follow the custody agreement, the kids are 2 1/2 , 4 1/2, and 8 1/2, and do not want to go with him 90% of the time. What can u do as the sole parent in their lives, and can he come and go as he chooses and them have to go if they don't want too? I am working on modifying our order should I get a lawyer ?
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You already know the answer to your own question, I think. Yes, you'll need to file a motion to modify the custody order. You can learn more about the laws that govern this process here: http://www.northwestlawoffice.com/custody.html
And yes, you should get a lawyer. Representing yourself is like performing surgery on yourself, and with no medical training. It's legal, but you're likely to hurt yourself.
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Read your custody judgment. If he has a parenting time schedule, you need to follow it even if he often does not want to exercise his parenting time rights.
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