Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: England, easily locatable by Google
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First of all, I'd make sure that you're as anonymous as you can be on the internet: if that "charming gentleman" is trying to find dirt on you, then I would make sure there's none to be had.
Secondly, I'd ring the district attorney's office and explain the situation- that you are in this situation and are skint, is there anything you can do? You can also complain to the bar.
Raise the stakes. Get your son in a preschool that he loves: one that he goes to every day, clean, tidy and obviously in no way neglected, and really doesn't want to leave. Go to church. Be public in your community. These things actually really count for a lot.
If the GAL has actually only had contact with your son for 15 minutes, I'd complain to the District Attorney's (or whoever oversees the GAL program) office, because that's not enough to base a recommendation on. That's no more than gossip.
Most importantly, though, you need to do what it takes to get a lawyer. My guess is that this man is making a fuss now because he has a new partner who is horrified by the idea of her stepchild being raised by violent alcoholics (probably what he told her), and is encouraging him to do this. In the meantime, a judge will not take your commitment to your son seriously unless you have proper legal representation: it stinks, but there it is. Therefore, go through the phone book and call every possible legal aid agency (and it would be worth PMing a mama in your area and getting her to put a call out on FYT for such an agency.) I know they exist. Also, again, you need to pursue your former attorneys for breach of contract and put in a complaint at the bar, because that way the judge will check up on you and will take you more seriously.
Good luck. You can do this, you really can.
Helen mum to five and mistress of mess and mayhem, making merry and mischief til the sun goes down.