I am a member of Legal Shield and an attorney did review the emergency custody motion. She is shocked that the Judge denied it. I cannot afford the retainer for an attorney, and even if I could, I feel like it would be a waste. What I do not understand, and would find money for a retainer if I thought it would make a difference, is what exactly is considered an emergency if the child writes the judge a letter saying he is being "physically, mentally and emotionally abused". It is in my son's handwriting, written directly to a judge. I have never harmed my son in any way and there has never been any proof of anything that I have been accused of- ie. selling drugs, taking him out of school (brought his report card to court ;he was making all A's & B's and had only missed 1 day out of three quarters/never late), trying to kill myself, teaching my child how to kill himself, etc. I have medical records from Behavioral Health from my son's 7 admissions where he told doctors and social workers that he was being abused & that his grandfather is an alcoholic. It also states that my son was removed from his grandparents house and placed in foster care (DSS is not involved). The judge told my mother that if she removed him from foster care he would be "one pissed off judge". Also the judge has changed from Judge Hoover to Judge Henderson- I have never been before Judge Henderson, but that is who denied the emergency custody.
I have the handwritten letter from my son telling the judge his grandmother has lied about me and is making his life miserable. That he wants the judges help.
I love my son and only want what is best for him. I have not seen or talked to him since September 11, 2012. My son needs help and I don't know how to get it for him! Please, somebody help me help him. I am losing faith in our judicial system. Do I call CPS while I am trying to get back in court? Why didn't the judge schedule a hearing regarding the emergency custody? I don't know what else I can do and I am very afraid my son could harm himself.
One more thing...the Council for Children was appointed to be my son's guardian ad litem in Aug. 2012. I did share my concerns with them and also sent them a copy of the emergency custody motion and denial. Of course they cannot advise me since they represent my child, but I asked them and would like to know, shouldn't they investigate these claims? Aren't they suppose to be looking out for his best interests? I sent these questions to them in an email and they have not responded.
Very solid advice from Mr. Hunt. He knows family law and I am excited to hire him!