Q: Does Childtime sharing start before paperwork is signed by a judge?
As a father I was awarded 100% custody of our two young children through a domestic violence injunction order. Mother responded with a petition for paternity. I wasn't able to afford legal representation for trial on September 29th and somewhat poorly represented myself and the interest of our children. The mother was awarded 50/50 custody. The Magistrate ordered that when child support would be entered that it would begin on the 1st of October. He then LED on to say that the mother would have the first week and that the paperwork should be in within a week. There is still no paperwork and the clerk informed me that it's still in the bin. Her lawyer contacted me on the 9th and threaten me with contempt saying that I was supposed to give the children to the mother on the 1st with no documentation. I gave them to her this past Sunday and my daughter has missed 3 days of school. Mother is very suspect of NPD. I have the recording of trial and can't tell what I'm actually supposed to do
A: Technically, you should follow whatever the judge orders, even if it is verbal. The written order should match what was said verbally. If you have an issue with what you should do then you must return to court to ask for clarification. If you have concerns about the children missing school when they are with the other parent then you can file a motion. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.
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