How does it work?
So my friend (SM) and her DH, that I have mentioned before paid the retainer for a lawyer to try and get the custody flipped to SD living with them. BM lived in Ohio and that is where their CO was made. In the beginning of the summer BM moved to another state, but did not ask SM’s DH prior as is stated must be done in the CO in order for BM to move out of state nor did she notify the court she moved as is also stated in the CO. Today, my friend (SM) said that they have to file in Ohio because the original CO was made in Ohio. I thought if BM moved to another state and after it has been made her permanent residence then any change of custody must be filed in the child’s current state of residence? SM is saying that is not the case because BM did not file nor did she notify the court of her move, but since the CO was made in Ohio, all court filings are to be done in Ohio even if neither BM nor SM’s DH live there. I am just curious for my friend as well as for myself and bf down the line as we will be moving out of VA and BM is to be moving out of VA as well and that is where the CO for us was made in.
For anyone curious my friend (SM) and her husband hope it also plays in their favor that BM will need a criminal lawyer for her criminal charges against her (assault and battery) and then a different lawyer now for this change of custody, but I really don’t have much faith in the family court system that any of it will matter. Sadly, SM’s SD has been convinced by BM that assault and getting arrested is okay and normal