Order to show cause.....
Has anyone used this method in court?
Long story short SD (13 in 3 months) has been really unhappy @ BM's house for a while now. Fights/arguments have turned physical with the police being called out last week. In our state you can physically discipline your kids however you want as long as you don't leave a bruise/mark. So they have not been able to help her. She has been either staying at our house on our scheduled visitation days or at various other family members house on BM's scheduled days. The police said we could just show up at the court house and file and order to show cause. Which means we tell a judge up front why it's in her best interest to live with us, and they set a court date, and BM has to show up and "show cause" as to why we shouldn't get what we're asking for. They may or may not allow SD to speak to the judge directly.......they use discretion after meeting her. SD wants to do this asap but we're making her wait 2 weeks to make sure she really knows what she is getting into. In the meantime we told her if she needs us to call, and we'll ask the police to do a wellness check on their house. We're not allowed to go pick her up unless it's "our" day.
It was so heartbreaking when the police had to drag her out of our car to return her to BM when she didn't want to go.