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My grandkids (ages 5-1/2 & 3) are in Florida's care system,

My grandkids (ages 5-1/2 & 3) are in Florida's foster care system, now up for adoption, living with a single woman for a year.When I learned of the goal change from Reunification with parents to Adoption in October, I hired a lawyer to try to adopt them myself. I am 64 years old. The case is very close to trial to determine whether the foster mom or I get to adopt them.My question has to do with tape recording the 1 hour supervised visitations.I would like to know if I can legally audio record the visits, as the case is coming dangerously to a conclusion next month, and as I have been outright lied about (presented to the Judge in court), in the recent past. It was petty stuff, but they keep repeating it as a negative about me. (The state wants the foster mom to get the kids, because they're afraid if i get the kids, the parents will really get them). The parents have conditionally surrendered their parental rights, only to me.During visits, a social worker observes and has stated in court there are no problems with me during any visits. However, the D͆C͆F͆ Caseworker and/or the Guardian Ad Litem (the GAL has lied about me, twice in court, to make me look bad), may come to observe the visit trying to slant the 'view' of the visit as negative about me. They do this with the birth parents as well.If I have audio recorded, it may be helpful.For instance, one of the lies stated that I spent almost the entire visit talking on my cell phone, neglecting the children. In reality, a move-out cleaning service I'd hired was working on an apt & had a serious problem they had to call me to get a resolution, taking LESS than 5 mins.The State has lied about me in another trumped-up charge that the Judge has seemed to discount in my favor.But still, I would like to protect myself now that State /Guardian Ad Litem have only the visitation sessions to observe and report about me - and they have that opportunity to either lie or grossly exaggerate or negatively slant the view of my interaction with the children.If by law they must know that I am taping I wouldn't mind too much, but would prefer to audiotape surreptitiously. I would appreciate your advise on this matter.

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Zoey, JD

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I am looking for a child advocate for my 11yr old grand son,

I am looking for a child advocate for my 11yr old grand sonJA: Family law varies by state. What state are you in?Customer: We live in Gridley CAJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: No I am looking for oneJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: It is my grandson who wants the help he wants to live with his dad and see his mom on weekends when she is home

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Can the court force us to keep using the appointed guardian

Can the court force us to keep using the appointed guardian ad litem after the guardian compkitef anf submitted his report and despite my communication to the court that I can not afford him?

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Law Educator, Esq.

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Can the court force me to pay an appointed guardian ad litem

Can the court force me to pay an appointed guardian ad litem if it ordered a cap of 5k and due to a case delay the guardian has charged double?

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NYCLAWYER

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The dependent wife verbally assaulted (screamed and cursed)

The dependent wife verbally assaulted (screamed and cursed) my boyfriend outside the courtroom while we were waiting for the court order. She was also present when her husband (defendant) physically abused my child and did nothing to help the child. Since the court case does not include her I was wondering what do you recommend that I do?

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Could I go back and sue my divorce attorney for not properly

Could I go back and sue my divorce attorney for not properly doing his job. My ex illegally removed my children from my home and my attorney eould not file emergency orders. My attorney also did not file a 75 n form and got my case thrown out of court.JA: Because real estate law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: OhioJA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: We are officially divorce and parental alienation resulted. My ex did not provide me with visitation for one yearJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: We divorced in Aug 2012 and us there a certain period of time in which I have to do this?

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Alex J. Esq.

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I am trying to do a little research on parenting plans in

Hi... I am trying to do a little research on parenting plans in WV. A little over a month ago my husband of 7 years (together 17) left for work and just didn't return. He called 6!days later acting like nothing had happened and said he wanted a separation. I then found out he was cheating with a very young woman who has an arrest record a mile long. He has a history of drug abuse and I myself have sent him to rehab which he didn't complete. He says he is fine and only under the treatment of a suboxone clinic. He has seen our children 1 time out of 34 days and talked to them on the phone a handful. He has no address he is just staying here and there with the mistress or friends. I've asked him to spend time with our children either in our home or at his parents since he has no place of his own and around questionable people. He doesn't want that so he just won't see them.JA: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: West VirginiaJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: Briefly. She said when I'm ready to file to come in and we'll go over specifics. She comes highly recommended but so real guidance on the first call as to how to approach or what I May be up againstJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: No

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My wife wants to know if she can go get her daughter who is

My wife wants to know if she can go get her daughter who is 7 she has custody of and refuses to live with us due to a past situation they accused me of there were not true no charges there on that allegations!JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.Customer: MississippiJA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: They just ? MeJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: No mam

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What is the best way to convince the court to wave my $7000

what is the best way to convince the court to wave my $7000 balance to the Guardian ad Litem report ordered for a child abuse cased by the defendant? the court ordered us to pay an initial $2500 retainer in June 2016 and that "all fees should be paid equally by the parties, or in such manner the court seems equitable and just." I am not responsible for the child abuse and I can not afford the Guardian fee.

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