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I had my custody hearing in Jan 2016. The magistrate filed

I had my custody hearing in Jan 2016. The magistrate filed her ruling on June 10 giving me sole custody of my 2 kids. My ex has now hired a different lawyer than the one that she had for the original hearing to appeal the ruling. I am tapped out financially because I have spent 19,000 on this case and cannot continue with my lawyer(which my ex was counting on). My kids will arrive on July 6th. The last thing my lawyer told me was to request an interim order. I am in desperate need of help to figure out what form and what needs to be written. I also live in the state of WA and she lives in OH. Court was conducted in OH

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How and or can I get my child custody agreement from Az that

How and or can I get my child custody agreement from Az that states if my " ex produces a positive or diluted test , or if she refuses to submit to a test , or if Mother otherwise informs Father that she has resumed consumption of any alcohol, Mothers parenting time with Evan shall immediately revert to supervised access ....."That is from our last and final custody agreement in Az and now we both live in Ca for the last 2 years.My ex has relapsed and is not willing to honor the agreement.Please help

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How can I get temporary custody or guardianship

how can I get temporary custody or guardianship for my grandson's friend

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Motion to compel- 't I have to wait 30 days before I

For the motion to compel- don't I have to wait 30 days before I file on the discovery?

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Complex question, complex case. ILLINOIS Here goes. Though

Complex question, complex case. ILLINOISHere goes.Though this occurs in Family Court (Parentage Case in Chicago), the central issue is conflict of interests/disqualification of opposing firm.Facts:My daughters are 22 and 23, and I have been in litigation for the last 6 years in Chicago with my ex (ex-girlfriend) which has a horribly inefficient system for some 60 appearances. She has a severe personality disorder, and has hired and fired 5 different law firms, all citing irreconcilable differences, each new one needing several months to catch up. She has filed 7 Emergency Petitions to Delay final hearing over the last 5 years. I have not filed one. The issues are regarding essentially 4 petitions to adjudicate modification of child support when my daughter turned 18 (which I filed 6 years ago and still never adjudicated), splitting of private tuition, filed Rule to Show Causes claiming I didn't contribute half of extracurricular and medical expenses. In Spring of last year, she hired her latest firm, who immediately filed to delay yet again and filed for Interrim Fees of 15,000. I was infuriated as she had fired her last set of attorneys after receiving pretrial recommendations from the judge at the Fourth scheduled "Final Hearing on all issues", delaying once again a final outcome. In fall of 2014, me begging for years for hearing, we started hearing the issues sporadically. I am Pro Se. Pretty much 80% of the case or better has been heard. The last one is Medical, which is a bit complicated, but this case is almost done. And I don't think I fare badly on the outcome on the numbers. ENTER THE NEW ISSUE. I've come to find out recently that my former attorney whom I retained on our initial 6 year litigation blitz from 1999-2006 (until a Parenting Agreement and Financial Order was put in place) is Principle in the opposing law firm as of mid April, 2014. The firm has 12 lawyers, 4 are principles. My opposing council is a Partner as of recent. They have never notified me. And have been completely unscrupulous in their litigation (eg, removing an accounting document from their pleading that showed I paid 6,000 to child support for a period they claimed none was received, while arguing Contempt, purge, and asking for attorney fees). Today I went before the judge and informed him. He simply said, I'll give you until tomorrow to decide if you are proceeding on this hearing (we are almost done, 1 day might finish it) in which case you will sign a waiver to exonerate them from past and forward, or that you will be filing a motion to disqualify them. He seemed to insinuate that I cannot disqualify them for the coming last hearing only (Medical), that it would be all (retroactive) or none. I am at a loss as to if this means, that by winning the disqualification, that the whole thing (several hearings the last 8 months, and 6 years waiting to get there with the State threatening me on child support that is falsely accounted) will get thrown out for a redo? This seems highly punitive of me, when the law firm should be the one sanctioned. I've spoken to a several attorneys, a couple who thought such a motion might disqualify them further, but might not prevent them from getting fees. The others seemed quite certain they could collect, that the standard is high, citing a case law in one instance that wiped out attorney fees just for a consultation with opposition, not even retained. This firm has ran up huge legal fees, and are hoping I pay them. The judge, though he's heard most all the pleadings, has ruled on none of them (including Interrim fee petition). I think he was waiting to see who was at fault in all this mess. I am interested obviously in wiping out the chance of them getting any fees from me vs. this filing for disqualification based on conflict of interests, but if it will mean starting over, I don't know that I can do that. Seems strange to me that instead they would not throw them off the case, disgorge the fees, and just set a final date on Medical with a new attorney. If I have to redo the case, there will be attorney costs again, time, stress, etc, . One attorney suggests I file it, and that if the judge says he's going to rule to throw the whole thing out for a redo with another judge (he's sick of this case), to then just withdraw it, saying, if ur going to do that Your Honor, I'll sign the waiver and finish. Right now I know that law firm is sweating this situation---they wouldn't be able to collect fees from me nor their client I believe. So I am in a good negotiating position, but not really because my ex won't settle anything. I have a tough decision. Most of it is really financial. What's my best play and why?

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I have a divorce case going on since 8/2014. I stopped

I have a divorce case going on since 8/2014. I stopped working with my lawyer, and I represent myself for last 3 weeks, and I started talking directly to the opposite counsel. It helped a lot, and yesterday we signed a settlement agreement. According to the agreement, I am supposed to pay to my ex-wife $20K by July 12, 2016, which is our trial date. I thought that the case is over, and we need just to get the Judge's signature. I am located in Dallas, TX, and the court is in Santa Ana, CA. I expected that the opposite counsel will get it done. But she doesn't want to do it. She said that this is expensive for my ex-wife. So, she is planning to submit it to the court, and wait for 8-12 weeks until it will be signed by the Judge.Now it looks like I will have to transfer $20K to my ex-wife before the court order, and my ex-wife can possibly change her mind, and withdraw the settlement agreement before the court order. Then I loose $20K, and have to continue with the case. If I don't pay by July 12 then I have a penalty $10K.Here is my question:How can I make it signed by the Judge on or before July 12? Can I do it in my own if I come from Dallas to California? Should I hire a lawyer to get it done? What to do with the trial? The opposite counsel wants to remove the trial from the court schedule. Probably, we should keep the trial. Then I can come to the trial, and talk to the Judge directly, and get it done. I need 100% guarantee. What is your suggestion? Which way to go?~Vladimir

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Q1 How after a Judge signs on Order would I have to make an

Q1 How long after a Judge signs on Order would I have to make an appeal?Q2. Could a person that has equivalent understanding of the law as paralegal, be able to do an appeal Prose?Q3. If an appeal was granted, does it have to be the same Judge that redoes the trial even if one has asked to recuse the Judge?Q4? If the Judge who started to make decisions on issues where no evidence was presented and they were not part of any parties remedies request, would those issues be some of the issues upon which one would file an appeal?Thanks

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My ex has requested to see my financial information in

My ex has requested to see my financial information in preparation for the court date upcoming in october. The judge said I have 21 days and the request was entered on 5/20. I am afraid I'm late, I just got caught getting all of the information.1. I coudn't get everything my ex is asking, just the last 3 years of statements and taxes, will I get in trouble if I just send last 3 years info?2. Do I need to send a copy to the court?3. Do I send a form on top of all this documents?4. will I get in trouble for taking longer?thanks,Karen

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Theareputical visitation

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