Thank you for your expedited response. What do we need to demonstrate to the court, that it is in the primary interest of the child to reside with us? How do I qualify a local lawyer to represent us?
Obviously we want to hire the most qualified attorney we can afford to represent us. So what what experience should we look for in lawyer? What questions should we ask during the intial consultation?
1. The emotional ties and relationships between the child and his or her parents, siblings, family and household members, or other caregivers. 2. The capacity of the parents to provide a safe home and adequate food, clothing, and medical care. 3. The mental and physical health needs of the child. 4. The mental and physical health of the parents. 5. The presence of domestic violence in the home.
Regards XXXXX XXXXX parent, and proving that:
Generally, a parent may be deemed unfit if they have been abusive, neglectful, or failed to provide proper care for the child. A parent with a mental disturbance, or an addiction to drugs or alcohol, may also be found to be an unfit parent. Failure to visit, to provide support, or incarceration of a parent are other examples of grounds for being found to be unfit.
How is addiction to alcohol proven?
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