Q: How can I motion the court about the custody of my children in Tennessee from MN? We are MN residents kids in dcs tn
I have been actively doing everything dcs requested but they in return are keeping my kids more and more away from me I even got a house in Tennessee and started working at 3 different jobs I haven't seen my kids only but twice and our phonecalls have been taken away w/out court children told me and the visit coordinator through Omni at the last visit I had with my kids how they were abused at prior two homes& the conditions of their living environments. I was informed by the visit coordinator that she was making a report for them to be removed from that placement
ever since that switch to a new home has been made I have been denied any contact with my children. My fsw hasn't filed paperwork for any family placement or icp she doesn't do anything and the court appointed lawyer hasn't submitted anything on my behalf that I ask of her or even voicing my concerns or respecting and protecting and EXCERCISE my rights their guardian ad litem is in the best interest of the dcs not my kids
A: You raise a lot of issues. Since you have a court-appointed attorney, you need to make use of that as best you can. If you believe the attorney is not representing you effectively, first try to schedule a time to meet with her. Bring up your concerns and ask her what you need to do to get your visitation back, and eventually custody. If after that meeting, you still feel that you and your attorney cannot see eye to eye, explain your concerns about her to the court, either at the next review hearing or through a formal written motion. Regaining custody from DCS from another state is hard, but not impossible.
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