She has been having a problem with her mother verbally and mentally abusing her. I have been taking her to counseling for the past 9 months. Recently her mother and step father have been having marital problems and her mother has created quit a stir of physical and verbal domestic violence. Within the last two weeks her mother has turned again to her to abuse, neglect , and mental assault . This is not the first time I have had to battle this. Now my child refuses to return to her mother, and I as a parent am supporting her wishes and am very concerned for her safety. I filed a custody modification in civil court as advised by family court services. My child's stepfather and I keep in contact more as a support group. we are concerned the mother may be a sociopath. This is only the icing.I am in agriculture. All this rain has costed me thousands of dollars in income. I am trying to do this on my own as much as I can or as long as possible. My objective is to get the 3 of us involved again with family court services so she have a chance to speak on her own behalf with a counselor. I have a file folder full of facts. The mother is completely unreasonable.
Much more facts are needed to determine what immediate legal action you can and should take to protect your daughter. You should at least attempt to talk to to the mother about suspending access or at least limiting it. You should consult with an attorney ASAP who can gather much more facts and information from you and properly recommend advise to you.
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There is so much for you to do, so much information to gather, and discovery to conduct, if possible. Talk with an experienced attorney who can give you the guidance you need. If you cannot afford an attorney because of your difficulties with the rain and your agriculture work, then you should contact the court to find out if there are any pro bono services available for low income litigants. Do not delay. Talk with an attorney as soon as possible.
This is NOT legal advice, is GENERAL INFORMATION ONLY, and does NOT establish an Attorney/Client Relationship with you. You have not provided me with all the facts in a consultation, therefore my answer cannot address your specific legal situation and you should not rely upon my answer in your legal matter. I am an attorney licensed in Maryland and California.
Other than needing help, what is your specific question. You need to ask specific questions to get any type of answers in this forum.
I understand that you may be concerned about the costs of an attorney, but much like not going to a doctor, the situation may only get worse if not addressed by a lawyer.
Ideally you may file for emergency custody. If the step dad is willing, he may be able to sign an affidavit concerning the abuse. If the child has described the abuse to a counselor, the counselor has a duty to report the situation to child protective services, and even if the counselor has not done so, you should strongly consider this. You may also have to consider getting an attorney for your child in order to determine whether to release your daughter's privilege so the Court can be privy to her commutations with her counselor.
At the very least consult with an attorney. When our children are going through emotional turmoil, parents sometimes have a hard time getting perspective on the situation, and knowing how to react. An attorney can provide both legal advice and objectivity..
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