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If a recent ruling by a judge is not acceptable, what recourse

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If a recent ruling by a judge is not acceptable, what recourse do we have? This is a parenting agreement contempt/change issue. It is my daughters case. Long story short, after attempting mediation (per the agreement) with her attorney, which failed, filed for a court date, waited 3 months for the actual date, 1 week prior to the actual week of the date a judge said go to mediation first. In the meantime, the dad continues to refuse to pay his portion of daycare, shows up late to pickup/drop off, takes the child from school when it is not his day, and many other tatics to make things difficult, which started up again once he was informed the court date was cancelled. The mediation can not be completed (for the 2nd time) until January, it is costing my daughter $500 a month for daycare not to mention the addtional cost of mediation. How can someone make this decision and affect lives without any recourse? The police will not help when the dad withholds the child, they say go to court. the court will not take the case for months.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 5 years ago.
Judges get paid to make decisions like this and unfortunately they are the king of their court. If someone does not like the order of the judge, they can file an appeal to the court of appeals. The problem here is that to appeal a judge's ruling it has to be a final order and you cannot appeal an interlocutory order. You can file a motion to reconsider with the judge and plead your case again with the reasons for why you want them to reconsider, but really in these cases legally those are your only two legal recourses.

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