I am coming down to the final week before my custody modification hearing where I am the petitioner, father, and acting pro se throughout this process. Family law has proven to be a steep learning curve; however, since August I have had a protection order issued ex parte against the mother and a hearing on another protection order for her partner also taking place the same day as the custody mod hearing (3 different cause numbers), two Child Protective investigations albeit unsubstantiated but with factual reporting, a police report involving one of my children and a neglectful situation, school counseling records, and 5 individuals from the minor children's school subpoenaed to testify as witnesses with facts proving my 'hearsay'. Also, the recently appointed guardian ad litem is also heavily on my side for this modification. I have been told that my ex's attorney is hoping to make a temporary agreement to this permanent problem in my and my children's lives. This is not something I am interested in as the evidence is there and all is seemingly stacked in my corner; however, if these types of agreements are par for the course then am I wrong to push for a permanent resolve?
You are not obligated to accept a settlement agreement from the opposing party. You have to weigh what they are offering vs. what you are likely to get in court, and factor in the risks of leaving any decisions up to a judge. That is a call that only you can make. It would be wise to speak with an experienced attorney to get a more thorough assessment of your case.
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