I have been in an ugly custody battle for 3 years. We had 50/50 in the beginning. Being a school teacher I wanted to have 1st right of refusal so I could spend more time with my 11 year old daughter during holidays and Summer's while her father was at work. He refused. Her father is a narcissistis and has physical and emotionally abused my 3 daughters and myself. My two older daughters are now 22 and 21. The judge and the custody evaluators refused to talk with her sibling to explain the abuse they have gone through. To make matters worse, their father's sister works for the judges in the parish. I don't feel I am getting judged fairly. I have an attorney but he is not doing a good job representing me in court. I've tried to find another attorney but most refuse to take on such a high conflict case. On April 1, the judge gave him full custody with me having visitation ever other weekend. After walking out of court my daughter told a police officer she would kill herself if she had to go live with dad. She had been in a mental hospital ever since. She will be getting out today. So worried!
Parents don't get full custody for absolutely no reason.
There is obviously more to this story.
You have an attorney. If you are unhappy with your representation, then find another lawyer.
And I do not know too many attorneys who are afraid of confrontation or conflict. It seems as if the reason you are having difficulty finding other counsel lies elsewhere.
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To answer your question, if the father still lives in the jurisdiction of the current court, you will not be able to get a change in venue. Your recourse is to hire a new attorney and file new pleadings, with the option of filing an appeal if you lose again and your appeal has merit.
He got full custody? I think you left a lot out of your post. Those missing details are key to understanding the full picture. Best if you meet with a Louisiana attorney and discuss, in a confidential setting, your situation.
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