Troubleshooters: Costs associated with custody battles
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We have become an incredibly litigious society. Whether you are having a problem getting a company to honor a warranty, or trying settling a property dispute, you often have to hire a lawyer to get anything resolved. This is causing problems for many families involved in custody disputes. If you do not have enough cash for attorney’s fees, you may be out of luck when it comes to getting your kids. David Job has been battling to get his kids back for years. He and his wife went through a messy divorce, and in the process, he lost custody of his children, who are currently living with their grandparents. "They look at me and say ‘Dad, what's going on, how come we're not coming home?’ They don't understand that I don't have the money to pay for a lawyer," said Job. David thinks the world of his lawyer, but even though he has a good job running his own business, he simply can not afford the attorney fees. "I had to give him a $5,000 retainer fee, and then, before we went to court the first time it was another $2,500. Then it was another $3,500, and now he wants another $3,500 just to take it back to court," he said. Pamela Wright knows all too well the problems parents like David face. She said, "The system is very expensive and very confusing, and sometimes people fall through the cracks." She is a paralegal, with the Alliance for Single Parents. Working under a Brunswick County attorney, she is able to do a lot of the leg work at a much lower hourly rate than attorneys charge, often saving parents thousands of dollars. She said proving a case in court is not as easy as many parents think who try to represent themselves. "There's something called a burden of proof, and you have to go in there and prove your case. You can't just say 'Hey, I'm a good parent', everybody says that. And it's not enough. You have to get organized and go in there with the right backing." It can get even harder when one parent begins accusing the other of something they didn't do. A situation David knows all too well. "The minute I threw her out, she thought she was going to be slick and she went straight to the Department of Social Services. She said that I threw her and the children out, which wasn't true," said Job. "It's almost enough to drive you crazy." Pamela said the justice system is not always about justice, but knowing how to work through the system. News Channel 3 found out about Pamela Wright through a local parent in the midst of a custody battle, who said she's been an absolute godsend. Pamela said she and the attorney she works under have a ninety percent success rate with the cases they take. If you are a parent struggling financially through a custody battle, you can go to the Alliance for Single Parents website.

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Back in 1996 I got custody of my children from my exwife. It took me 5 months and a little over $40,000.00 yes $40,000.00 dollars. It was worth every penny. A lot of people assume the woman automatically gets the children just because she is a woman. That is why a woman can pick up the phone and call the police, claim she was beaten and the man gets locked up even if there is no evidence of a crime. I know it happened to me. I was very fortunate to be able to afford a good lawyer and private investigators to help prove my case. Not everyone is that lucky and the children suffer for it. I was also able to have my exwifes parental rights terminated in 1998 and in 2000 I had her and her brother convicted of felony child abuse with sexual acts and her husband at that time was convicted of child abuse for not reporting what she and her brother were doing to my children. The department of social services almost always tries to paint a bad picture of the man. One social worker told me I was just mad because my ex took the children and had a new man, even though school teachers had reported her for abuse and neglect and she had kept both children in a mobile home during 2 hurricanes. I'm glad some one has finally taken up for the parent who is trying to help their children and yes it will cost but what are your childrens lives worth. I got 2 priceless children back home and safe for only $40,000.00 and that is a bargin any day of the week.
I am so thankful a good friend of mine sent me this page. I too am struggling with a legal case which involves medical malpractice. Just 1 year ago, I went from a healthy, 55 year old woman to now trying to accept wearing an iliostomy bag, due to a tragic and horrific experience during a routine colonoscopy. After 2 very painful surgeries, I now have no colon at all and am trying to pursue my legal rights to make sure this does not happen to anyone else. I feel very much alone. I also feel very much like the people that wrote expressing their frustration in trying to get legal counsel. Whether you are having a problem getting a company to honor a warranty, or trying settling a property dispute, you often have to hire a lawyer to get anything resolved. "The system is very expensive and very confusing, and sometimes people fall through the cracks." I have, but have not given up hope yet. It just saddens me that with no cash, no case.
Why would you think the world of someone that rips you off like that.