I went to court last Friday. My husband got an atty & filed, I responded & filed my proposed parenting plan. I had also filed temporary orders. The Commisioner didn't have my papers in the computer, pushed forward with my husbands paperwork & asked me a few questions. He then told me to wait and not leave the area. He told the attorney to draft up the paperwork & I was to sign it. I do not have any money for any legal advice. I am a victim of domestic abuse. My husband has alcohol & anger/rage issues & our 14 yr old son is afraid of him. What can I do? My son's therapist is upset, because the Commisioner did not ask him for an evaluation, just that he was to see my son & his dad to work out transitioning the visitation. What can I do? Thank you
You may file a motion for revision within10 days after rhe order is signed. However, it sounds as if you made procedural errors which may not really help because a motion for revision is based upon the documents filed at the original hearing -- no new documents can be filed. If you failed to follow local rule ("the commissioner did not have my papers in the computer") a Motion for revision will not really help. When you represent yourself, you are expected to know everything an attorney knows which includes following all of the procedural rules as to fling and providing the Commissioner with working papers. MY best advice is to consult with an attorney before taking any other action.
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I am sorry that you are going through this. My collegue gave you outstanding advice, in that you may have made a procedural error which cannot be so easily fixed. However, there are legal service agencies that can help you or you can apply for pro bono benefits and with the help of an attorney you can work this out. Take care and hope that things get better.
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I agree with both previous answers and Whatcom County has a court house facilitator that may be of assitance.
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