What to do if the court awarded sole custody to my abusive ex who has been arrested for child abuse and has more than one child abuse case against him?

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What to do if the court awarded sole custody to my abusive ex who has been arrested for child abuse and has more than one child abuse case against him?

I have no criminal history, no child abuse history I have always been the primary parent and have never done anything wrong. Not even a speeding ticket. He had a lawyer and I didn’t and I think the judge only listened to the false accusations he made and had no proof of. I need help fast. My children are suffering and I am helpless to stop him from hurting them.

Asked on October 14, 2012 under Family Law, California

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You need to go to legal aid or to a law clinic for help as soon as you can.  You have to appeal the ruling or do what ever procedurally you need in California to have the order reversed.  The procedure differs from state to state.  You can Appeal, Reargue, Modify, Resettle - a whole host of options - but the record for the original order may govern which avenue you choose.  Good luck.


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