Q: Judge gave custody of children to ex-husband. They do not want to live with father. Judge won't ask children. What to do
I've been in custody fight for 2 years. Court recently awarded father custody. My children don't want to live with their father, but judge won't speak with them (Girls- Ages 10, 12, 13) When I took them to meeting place, they would not go with thier father and police came. Police did not make them go. Ex- husband has a good job, three other children (boys) verbally abuses the girls and lives in three bedroom apartment. I do not have a job, but have bedrooms for the girls. I share home with ex-felon who the girls love but judge does not of course. At last court date we had to bring the girls, and in spite of them crying and screaming outside courtroom - judge made them go with father. A court appointed guardian (attorney) will investigate. Father took their phone away so they can't call me. I am not allowed to see them till next court three months away. What can I do? I feel the judge is predjudice and won't listen to anything I say. I also cannot afford an attorney and ex has one.
Although I understand and sympathize with your situation, generally speaking children younger than 15 or 16 years of age do not usually get to make decision as to custody preference. However, you might be able to have the children interviewed to see if the children's hesitation to go with the dad has anything to do with their safety.
I suggest you get an attorney to help you with this custody matter. Contact Nevada Legal Aid Services for possible assistance.
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