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My ex boyfriend and I have joint custody of our daughter.

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My ex boyfriend and I have joint custody of our daughter. Whenever she over at her dad place. He doesn't let her wash her hair or brush her teeth and he only care about his needs and not about her needs

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North Dakota

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Family Lawyer: Lucy, Esq., Lawyer replied 3 months ago
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I'm Lucy, and I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear that this is happening.

You have the ability to ask the judge to change the custody order based on a material change in circumstances. The fact that he's not taking care of your daughter is a material change. The judge can order a guardian ad litem to make visits when the child is with him and report back on their findings. Or, if you'll concerned that he'll start taking care of her once you file, you can ask child services to investigate whether your daughter is being neglected while she is with him.

Depending on her age, your daughter can testify as to how she is treated at her father's house. Even children as young as five or six may be allowed to speak privately with the judge in chambers, if the judge finds that she is old enough to understand what it means to promise to tell the truth. You can also take pictures showing how she looks when she returns from her father's house.

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Family Lawyer: Lucy, Esq., Lawyer replied 3 months ago

If you are the primary custodial parent and he has visitation only, this form can be used to request a change:

http://www.ndcourts.gov/ndlshc/FamilyLaw/Visitation/Visitation.aspx

If the existing order talks about shared custody, then you can get more information on changing that order from this packet. Changing shared custody to sole custody is a bit more complicated.

http://www.ndcourts.gov/ndlshc/forms/pdf/Modify%20Primary%20Residential%20Responsibility%20Research%20Guide.pdf

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