Dh and I are going pro se (without an attorney) in Court to protect SD from BM.
I say Dh and I because while he is the only one with standing to bring the suit, I am the woman behind the man acting as his legal assistant at getting him ready for Court in every way possible.
To be honest, it has really worked out for us so far. I feel that DH standing up there in Court without an attorney has gotten the attention of the judge in a very good way. She told my husband, "You have definently fought for the protection of your daughter, and I thank you for that."
Now I'm working on discovery to build our case to prove in final trial that even if Bm gets off the meth, she is still a danger and cannot be trusted with SD unsupervised.
We sent BM's attorney a request for production of documents and asked for everything her attorney asked of us in his discovery last year, plus tons more. We did not ask for her medical and psych records because I understand those to be privileged unless we get a court order.
How do we get the Court order?
CPS stated in their report that BM's psychiatrist said BM's mental illness makes her a danger to SD, and we have the report, but do we have to get the psychiatrist to testify for it not to be hearsay?
The more I try to research and understand, the more confused I get!
I appreciate any suggestions on this, or experience with discovery in family court at all.