Our (now 15.5yo) son has been chronically failing and suspended (since 2008) in every School attended since his Mom then took custody. Two Orders ago (Order from 2/2014 Hearing finally issued 3/2015 while Child was repeatedly running away from Mom - Police returned him despite his protestations - he continued failing all grades/courses with chronic suspensions while Judge was highly conflicted “on how to rule” per his case coordinator) so it took 13 months for decision from a Hearing where I was Pro se while Mom had three member paid legal team during a week long Hearing. Recently informed backlogged Judge signed Order that cut ALL contact with me, awarded full custody to Mom (apparently he let Mom’s attorney write Order after stating on the Record “I will not allow either of you to write the Order, I will write it!”) Child then tanked to where Mother couldn’t handle him. Mom has recently (several weeks past) called me asking I call Police as our son has kicked down a bedroom door, locked her in the bathroom, all while demanding his computer. Subsequent emails between Mom and Dad resolved for son to reside with Dad for a month to “see how it goes”. On day one Son immediately excelled in School from date of custody change! All suspensions stopped, grades improved dramatically to passing (from all failing) School Administrators sent emails to us describing 180 degree change in son’s behavior for the better, “polite, cooperative, doing HW, catching up in all subjects and teachers report he’s being polite and making great strides bringing his missing homework and tests up to passing”. Son states he’ll “never go back” to Mom, but I’m facing a Judge apparently conflicted in how to rule for over a year (Hearing from 2/14 took 13 months to issue Order cutting ties with me while Case Coordinator stated to me that “Judge was highly conflicted on how to rule…”). Dad cannot compete with financial resources of Mom; crooked lawyer (I’ see her attorney as less than ethical; needing Rule 59 to overturn her illegal actions and her Noticing me of a Hearing the day before it took place so to perfect her case in Federal Court via State Court and so on…!) So as date for son’s returning to Mom’s custody approaches I fear renewed Police involvement, failing grades, and behaviors returning to pre Dad custody. Is there any resource available for Parents who clearly have the child’s best interests on their side, but not money? Child has had warm trusting relationship with Dad, still does, and new Order of 8/2017 states that. This Order (drafted by concurrence between Mom and Dad after Mom lost control) states child “has repeatedly asked for more contact with me, always had warm well bonded relationship, restores his ‘visitation’ and lowers my child support payments. Problem is it is not in this child’s best interests to return to her custody at all, as clearly demonstrated by nine years of blatant fact. Child has been abused almost nine years in this relationship verbally or physically (physical abuse ceased as child reached 5’11”) yet previously CPS worker stated (in front of me!) that child “is not beat up enough to have been dragged down 14 stairs by his ankles” (with only minor bloody lip and open raw/bruised skin on wrist from protecting his head)! Son tells me he told him “14 steps” (it was actually 3 or so for bouncing a ball on stairs after being told to stop) because he was hoping “more steps” would make them say “OK”. I went Ch13 over legal fees, am now on SS, so my son needs help I cannot provide against what I feel to be an unethical lawyer and much money. There has got to be someone, an agency, pro-bono attorney, anyone to show Family Court can work? To step into a blatantly clear case to protect our son??? Or does the mantra: “best interests of the child” read “Cash” only for our son.