Tara Candela R.N., Esq.'s answer To have the order officially changed, yes. But unless there is something in the original order preventing your child from staying with his father, you could always test out your theory before making major changes. Seek a family law attorney out to evaluate the specifics of your case, and to give you the best guidance on how to go about addressing whatever change in circumstance has occurred before you do anything.
Tara Candela R.N., Esq.'s answer You will have to show that there has been a substantial change in circumstances since the custody order was entered, and you will have to show that living with you is in your daughter's best interest. If you truly believe it's in your daughter's best interest to live with you now, I encourage you to find an attorney to help you. While planning for this change, do everything in your power to remain rational and do not let the poor conduct of others influence your reactions.
Tara Candela R.N., Esq.'s answer You will need to file in Circuit Court due to the amount. Some court websites have a great deal of information to assist the public with filing. You can try to look there first, or contact an attorney for assistance. Unfortunately, if this guy wrote you a bad check for $6500, you may have some trouble collecting on the judgment even after you get one. But it might be possible to obtain a wage garnishment of some sort, but in any event you'll need the judgment first. Good luck to you!
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