I have temporarily allowed my kids to stay with their grandparents due to a bed bug infestation. I was staying with them too but was asked to leave because there was not enough room. The grandmother has since filed a petition to seek custody in Ray county Missouri. I took my kids for a weekend to spend time with them and do some fun things . The following week this past Wed I was served order of protection papers the grandma filed in Lafyette county allegedly I beat my son with the belt threw him to the ground and was kicking and stomping him. The request was denied but set up for a hearing tomorrow. With Thanksgiving I could not speak with any law office till this week and all stated they cant take this case on short notice. I am not comfortable doing this alone. Allegedly the grandparents are going to try to take the kids to court to testify and I think that can be damaging to my children. Nobody has contacted me for interview from social services or taken Child to hospital for assessment that I know of. I am the third person being accused of abuse in a year and a half including their mother. I have no clue how to navigate this alone and allegations are completely false.
As you seem to understand, you really need to be represented by a lawyer in this matter. Among other things, your right to custody of your children is at stake, and statements you make in trying to defend yourself could be used against you in a criminal charge. Do not miss the court date this week (or arrive late). At court you should ask the Judge to continue (postpone) the hearing to give you time to retain an attorney.
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