I was legally divorced in Oct., 2012 in Louisiana but we are still pending child custody and property settlement. I am not happy with the results of my current attorney. I previously hired my first attorney and let him go and hired a new attorney. The new attorney admitted my first attorney did make mistakes or not handle my case well. He agreed to take on my case but let it be known he is not going to address the mistakes of my first attorney but move forward (didn't want to throw his friend under the bus) literally is what he stated to me. This town in Louisiana is small and close knit working relationship with attorneys, judges, etc. I am dealing with my ex whose family is very wealthy and has unlimited funds. I have already paid out $40,000 and the only thing resolved after 20 months is the divorce.
I have the following questions:
1) Child custody issue. We had a mental health report conducted and the results were very negative against my ex-husband. In the report it stated he was uncooperative, smelled of drugs, and the report went on. In the aspect scoring test part we scored a 70pt difference and when I looked up what the scoring meant. It stated that If there was a difference of 10% of more between the parents, the higher scoring parent should possibly seek "sole custody". I was the higher scoring parent. In the last paragraph of the report, the mental health therapist suggested to increase visitation for my ex where my son would go Thurs-Mon morning and Wed. overnight every other week but stated that my son would probably regress. I was against this suggestion and based on the scoring and valuation wanted my attorney to negotiate with my ex attorney and suggested they contact the mental health therapist and the child counselor who did not agree with the suggestion. My attorney (both of them my past one and my one I have now never did that). I was bullied to accept the recommendation to get the ball rolling. There is a six month child interim custody order based on the recommendation. I actually got to speak to the mental health therapist by accident
when I went to her office to pick up a copy of the last page of the report and asked her why the increase in visitation and she stated that my attorney said they would negotiate (which never happened and he insisted I accept what was written in the report). Based on the scoring and the report I should have had a chance to request change in visitation. They incorporated it and changed up the wording (I was not aware of) where previously it said I would be domicile
parent and changed to interim domicile parent. My ex is now trying to become domicile parent due to financial monies given to my son. What can I do to protect myself when it goes to court in Nov. and/or can I hold my attorney for allowing this to happen?
Second question: There was a company established (oil and gas) and is "joint property". When my ex filed for divorce, he immediately conveyed over to our son (who was 3 years old at the time) all the oil and gas wells in his name. I knew nothing about this under December of 2012 and provided my attorneys (both of them) this information. On the conveyances, it stated my son as single male and listed his permanent resident
address which is my ex-father-in-law's. His grandfather has filed a tax return on behalf of my son. Isn't this illegal and fraud. His grandfather has no guardianship privileges and I am suppose to file a tax return this year but can't unless I know what monies they are showing my now 5 year old is making. Is the act of hiding monies and conveying ownership
to my son only (minor child) illegal and criminal?