After contacting a NC family law attorney for a consult & finding out the costs involved in retaining the services of said attorney, on top of flights, rental car, hotel, food, gas, etc, etc, we have come to the sad conclusiuon that we simnply cannot afford to get an attorney for modification of child custody. DSS is currently involved in the household, in which my boyfriend’s 4 boys are living in with his ex-wife, because of the conditions of the home. They have been to the house on a number of occasions & there is an open ongoing case. The oldest boy wants out YESTERDAY (months ago actually) as do we want them ALL out. Even though things are bad in the house, apparently things are not bad enough for DSS to actually remove them, which is CRAZY! She is also withholding communication with the boys. What do we have to do to get these boys removed from this home? The house is filthy, so bad upon initial contact with DSS that they declared the house uninhabitable, the heat is broken, they are not fed on a regular basis, the oldest, who is 14 is the de-facto parent figure & has been for years, they are left unsupervised all the time, even late at night when she has apparently been sneaking out to meet with 2 different men. We have so much evidence that the boys would be much better off getting out of there but we have no money for legal help to go to court. PLEASE what can we do?! Can we file criminal charges against her for child neglect with the magistrate? We so badly want to get them out of their situation but feel like our hands are tied.