Free atty entered into my TPO and told me that "continuance allowed for a fathers day visit" of my young son. I expressed to him I was not comfortable with this and did not understand why visitation was allowed when judge had ordered no contact based on tpo. My atty agreed on continuance w/out my consent. I have paper trail. I fired him immediately. . Now, at 6:30 pm night before trial, opposing atty filed contempt on TPO. Both attys withheld the consent order signed on my behalf w/out my knowledge and put me and my son in harms way in our TPO case. I have documented proof I did not agree or consent. I am representing myself. Need advice.. Their actions are unethical, I am certain. Seems propriety of the motion and timing of filing is objectionable. Please help
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There possibly could be ethical sanctions that you could pursue against your attorney if he took actions on your behalf that were substantive and not procedural in nature without consulting you. However, this is a completely separate issue apart from making sure that your case is handled effectively going forward. If the opposing attorney has filed a motion for contempt on your TPO, then you need to be prepared to aggressively defend that contempt filing and argue for the TPO to stay in effect. A motion to modify the TPO could also be pursued if you feel that the content of the TPO does not adequately address your needs. Consult an experienced family law attorney and he/she will be able to assist. Hope this helps and good luck!
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