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Please tell me what the exact steps are that I have to do to accomplish what you suggested:
Do I have to hire an attorney to file a modification to the custody?
What exactly is the modification I am asking for? sole custody or relocation?? please explain
Is this something I can file for on my own through the state of California?
If so, where do I get the form who do I contact and how long does it take to get a reply?
Will it be detremental to the status of mu custody if I do not hire an attorney?...I am a single full time working mom struggling financially so hiring attorneys is out of my financial availability
What do you mean by a temporary modification? Does that mean as long as it is filed that I can move since I have addressed it and am making everyone aware?
Please explain what the "proper channels" are?
What happens in mediation? Does my son have to go through an evaluatio and if so is that expensive and who orders that and who has to pay for that?
My son is almost 13..is it likely the judge will want to speak with him?
Please be as detailed as possible - Thank you so much
Thank you so much...
Just one more area for clarification regarding an attorney and then I will be finished:
1. My ex owes me over $8000 in unpaid child support..won't that look bad in court to the judge if he can afford to pay an attorney for his case and yet not keep good on his financial responsibility to his son's well being per the court order?
2. Based on the back support owed...could I request my ex to pay for my attorney fees
3 When you recommended I hire an attorney, if my ex has hired an attorney,...is that because of the attorney's expertise of the law and his ability to use legal terms, cases etc.. against me that I would nbot be aware of, in order to gain custody over me
4. My ex is only paying me $50 a month toward the $8000 back support he owes (with no finance charges either) This amount was never agreed upon by me, it was all he said he could afford to pay per month, even after I hired the attorney to write the letter stating he needs to pay the balance due now, he never responded At that point I never put a lien on his house or garnished wages or suspended his license etc... because he has 2 other little boys and he is not financially solid and I did not want to jeopardize those kids' well being Also, it would be hard for my son to know I put his dad and family in jeopardy. Do you recommend it is time for me to take action for that money now? if so will it be a positive or negative effect to proceed with that now, since I am going to file a motion for modification? What is the best way to go about petitioning for the balance due that may not be as hurtful to his family?
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