I am a single mother who is the custodial parent of a 14 year old boy. The father who has been absent from the child's life for about 12 years filed for visitation last year. I went to court last year, and the judge said the father has a right to visitation but would like the child to get counseling to find out why he does not want to see the father. I got my son counseling for almost a year. The GLA that was appointed for my son, did home visits with my son and my son said he still was not ready to see father. This year the final court hearing for judge to decide on case I missed court date, because we had moved. Judge gives father every weekend visitation. Son threatens to run away so I filed an appeal at Circuit Court now I need to file a motion to stay. How do I do that when I can't afford a lawyer? Counselor said, son should not be with father based on his anger of feeling abandon which judge never asked for counselor.
If you truly cannot afford an attorney, look for any legal aid society, public defender's office, or charity you can find an ask them to help you find representation as soon as possible Calling your local bar association might also point you in the direction where you might be able to find some organization that provides free representation in child custody cases. Act as quickly as possible before any deadlines are missed.
You were not in court. So no one was there for you to present your concerns.
It will be hard to appeal, and likely impossible to succeed, as the record is likely only to contain reasons it was good to order the visitation.
An appeal does not automatically mean the ruling will be stayed. Not liking a ruling is not a valid basis for a stay.
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