My granddaughter's deadbeat dad is threatening to take her mother to court again

Kathi - posted on 10/30/2012 ( 1 mom has responded )

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We live in the state of Arizona. My granddaughter's father who has been absent most of her life but decided he was going to get partial custody so he didn't have to pay chid support is constantly taking my daughter back to court, having his child support lowered and is $15,000 in arrears.



That's just some background....He is taking my daughter back to court every 1 to 18 months to get at least partial custody of my granddaughter who when this first started didn't have a clue as to who he was...she was almost 4 1/2 yrs old when he started this crap. ANYWAY...he took my daughter back over a year ago (again) and would not supply the court with any required documents (and still hasn't) and I paid for an attorney to represent my daughter and to have all documents filed, secured, etc so we would be in compliance. What a waste...as Dave hasn't done diddly and the court let him get away with contempt, non-compliance of court orders and non-payment of court fees.



For the past year, he has regularly changed the dates and times he can see my granddaughter because of whatever excuse, and he expects my daughter to just be there at his beck-and-call and now that she is finally getting fed up (this has been going on over 5 yrs) he just threatened to take her back to court if she doesn't do what he demands (quote unquote)...Just a reminder, he didn't sign the last round of court docs he demanded to see my granddaughter.



My question is this, is there any good way to pre-empt him with her filing against him first? I thought I saw somewhere that in this state (which has THE worst family law, btw) when someone doesn't abide by the orders...the other parent can take them back..



Also, anyone ever hear of a grandparent or the person paying the minor child's child support taking to court the person who is in arrears? Roughly, I have paid over $20,000 to keep my granddaughter with shelter over her head and often times clothing and medical. I would love to set precedence if need be, but I don't know where to start. Any ideas?

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