I have visitation through the courts every other weekend of my 16 and 11 year old daughters. My ex has consistently been in contempt of court, doing everything she can to keep me from seeing my daughters. To complicate matters, she gave my 16 yr old the option to live with my ex’s step-son who is 26 and his girlfriend. My 11 year old is consistently left home alone to “do her homework” on the internet.

I have been to social services locally here and while they said there is possible “neglect”, there are no signs of abuse and closed the case….The said that since My daughter is 11, left at home for no longer than four hours each day, and has means to contact my ex in case of emergency, they are closing the case. Also, I have fallen behind drastically on my child support payments…..the payments I have been making were the original amount set by the courts and since then, I have been out of work on and off and my gross salary has dropped.

I’d like full custody of my 11 yr old to possibly move out of state….I know a lawyer is inevitable but as you’d guess, do not have the funds. What I’m seeking is advice and direction here.

Thanks in advance