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Can I stop taking my daughter to visitation if she tells me her dad touched inappropriately?: After visitation on Saturday my daughter told me her dad touched her front privates. I asked her to show me exactly what he did. She smacked herself 2 times on her private area. She also told he likes to take her into the kitchen and kiss her in the mouth. What exactly can I do? We have a temporary court order that has been in effect since 2013. Neither he or I have a lawyer at this current time! He does not see my daughter unsupervised. I am the one who supervises his visits. But we are not confined to just one room given it is my brothers house we have visitation at. I asked him about it he has not responded. It has been 2 days now. He has visitation tomorrow and I am unsure if I should still take her and what to do!

Asked 9 months ago in Child Custody

Michelle’s answer: You absolutely need to contact DCS and have an investigation started. If you believe that your child is in danger, and has been touched inappropriately, or honestly believe it to be true, you should not allow the visitation unless otherwise ordered by the court or once DCS has completed its investigation and found no abuse has occurred. Your priority needs to be protecting your child. If you already have an order for supervised visitation it would seem that there are reasons for this and denying visitation now should be considered appropriate based upon the circumstances. I recommend that you speak with a local attorney who can assist you based upon all of the information in your case.

Answered 9 months ago.


Child support arrears : My ex husband owes me 31,000. My kids are 19 & 23, how can I enforce back child support after my kids are grown?

Asked 9 months ago in Child Support

Michelle’s answer: You can continue to take him back to court to enforce an order for payment on the back support. If an order is already in effect, he is in contempt and you can pursue action against him as if he was not paying current support. I recommend you speak with an attorney about your options. If your ex-husband is in violation of an order, you may be able to obtain a order for him to pay your attorney fees.

Answered 9 months ago.


Should I file for full custody or joint?: My husband told me a few weeks ago that he didn't want to be married to me anymore. We have four daughters. Yesterday he told that he is moving in with a "friend". She was his assistant soccer coach, she had a recently abusive husband, and she has a restraining order against him. I don't feel it's safe or appropriate for our kids to go there. We have been married for almost 19 years.

Asked 9 months ago in Child Custody

Michelle’s answer: I would initially file for full custody, which allows some negotiating room later if he wants to share custody. However, regardless of whether you have full custody or joint custody, he will still have parenting time and unless the children would actually be in danger, he will be able to have them at his home. You should contact an attorney to discuss your specific situation.

Answered 9 months ago.