My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Ohio, Hamilton County
I made a mistake with a man 12 years ago, and became involved while working out of town on a project. The short story is that I became pregnant, and found out at 7 months that he was married. He abruptly cut off communication with the discovery. Since that time, he was ordered to pay child support and did so for several years. We had an argument over money via text in September, and he followed through on a threat by motioning for "petition for Companionship"ORC2151.23(A)(2). He did not show up to the hearing, lawyer stating he was too ill to travel (he lives 4 hours away). During that hearing, I was not allowed in the room because he wasn't present, only our lawyers. The paperwork with the rescheduled date showed that the petition was now for visitation. I questioned the change at the time and my lawyer said "they probably didn't have a code to enter Companionship in the computer because it is such an obscure law." Here we are in March, lawyers had a hearing to "report." Magistrate has NEVER LAID EYES ON OR TALKED TO EITHER PARENT, and ordered that I put my daughter in "reunification" counseling with the Father.
Isn't REUNIFICATION when you bring people back together? My daughter does not know this person. Frankly, I feel I don't know him.
This will completely rock my childs world - Honor Roll Student, athlete, great family.
To me, this is at the very least abandonment on his part. And it baffles me that the court would think that working towards visitation with a stranger is in her best interest. Looking for advice.