I am currently representing myself in a court battle for visitation with my youngest son. He is 15 and lives with his father. His father has had custody for 6 years, refuses to allow me to visit my son unsupervised, and has brainwashed him into believing that I abandoned him. I have two older children (different father) who are almost adults (17 and 18) that have been living with me, but my 18 year old son is on his own with his own child now.
Father has refused to allow telephone calls, emails, and has changed/cancelled visitation several times. He refused to allow makeup visits that were cancelled due to weather (blizzard), refused to pay half the supervision costs (which he agreed to in the last stipulation filed 10/07) and refused to allow my two older children to attend these supervised visits.
I am going to court again on 9/18/09. Father has retained an attorney (I cannot afford it) and the court granted a motion to appoint a CFI in April. Father made allegations that my older son is a gang member and I am using drugs (not true). Mediation was unsuccessful, father wanted me to complete random UAs for 6 months even for supervised visitation.
The last time I saw my son was 3/20/09 (his 14th birthday) and the CFI seems incompetent so far. I completed an interview with him in May and I am still waiting for the required home visit.
To avoid making this story longer, is there anyone out there who has any insight relating to the upcoming court hearing?