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Real help for people involved in child custody -- initial determination of custody or change of custody -- or divorce. This listing of individuals, groups, companies, services, organizations and professionals can make a difference today. Just starting or starting over -- this is the place to begin.


ParentingTime.net is a unique online service that can help you win custody, change custody, or reduce child support. ParentingTime is used every day by thousands of parents and families worldwide. ParentingTime is an online custody calendar that allows you to easily schedule and track parenting time as well as monitor compliance with your custody arrangement. Find out more here, or try the Demo to experience ParentingTime for yourself.

How To Go To Visitation Without Throwing Up 

Written by a kid for other kids. This is a book for children about coping with regular visitation to separate parents, especially long-distance visitation. Written in very simple language arising from the point of view of a young boy who had a hard time adjusting to the stress of traveling back and forth to visit his mother. How To Go To Visitation Without Throwing Up offers more than just a mere advisory text - it has point-by-point observations, travel safety tips, and numerous fun activities to pass the travel time. Click here to see the Table of Contents. How To Go To Visitation Without Throwing Up is highly recommended reading, and a great resource for any parent having to take a child on a long-distance trip to visit friends and relations.  Available at Amazon.com

Fathers for Equal Rights

219 Dunbar Ave , Dunbar WV 25064-3306 (304) 766-8408
12 Woodland Dr, Beverly WV 26253-9711 (304) 636-6261
Post Office Box 1372 ,Charleston WV 25325-1372 (304) 766-8408

Mothers Without Custody

Email: jisham@aol.com
P.O. Box 36, Woodstock, IL 60098
P.O. Box 27417, Houston, TX 77227-7418

    Provides support and information on the national "Mothers Without Custody" and has information for starting support groups dealing with custody related issues. The purpose of Mothers Without Custody is: To enhance the quality of life for our children by strengthening the role of the non-custodial parent in regard to custody, child support, visitation, and parenting. To provide a self-directed network and an outlet for the sharing of experiences for mothers without physical custody of their children for any of the following reasons: Voluntary exchange of custody, Coerced voluntary exchange of custody, Court rulings, Child(ren) being abducted by the father, Child(ren) opting to live with the father or State intervention

Private Investigator Licensing

    Secretary of State Licensing Division, Charleston, WV 25301

Win Your Child Custody War  13th Edition  2011   YouTube clip

Over 800 triple-columned pages of vital information about fighting for custody of your children. This book is for parents facing a vicious or dangerous person on the other side. Topics include your child having an attorney of his or her own, who must listen to the child's wishes, admit-deny to pin down the lies once and for all, how to keep your job from losing your child custody case, home study, psychological evaluation, false accusations of child abuse, dealing with real child abuse, Parental Alienation Syndrome, how to turn hearsay into documented evidence, hiring a great attorney and grounds for suing a bad one, the difference between issues and non-issues, how to produce contact logs that will help rather than hurt your case and much more. In most cases the other parent does not win custody you lose custody. This book won't let that happen to you. Information about fathers' rights, mothers' rights, grandparent rights and attorneys. This manual has been on the market longer, and is updated more often, than any other available. Click here to see how parents, grandparents and professionals Praise this manual. For people going through a divorce or the never-married parent. This is not a cheap download. It is an expensive manual. It costs less than 1/2 hour with a good attorney and gives you hundreds and more topics than any other product.  Available at Amazon.com the biggest,  Google the fastest delivery, and PayPal the most popular.

Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement Home Page

    This site includes: OCSE Tribal Resources - Online Interstate Roster and Referral Guide (IRG), News & Announcements - View recent newsletters and announcements, Reports & Resources - Access reports, publications, resources, including OCSE Hispanic / Latino, Policy Documents - View recent policy documents, including option to comment on proposed rules., External Information - Access related information external to CSE, And Most Important: Links to States - Link directly to related State IV-D program Web sites.

Parenting at a Distance

Staying in touch with the children who live in your heart but not in your home.

As a bipolar mother I will never have custody of my children. That is the hardest thing I had to accept. Parenting at a Distance helps me send them activities that will help them remember me with some happy memories. I am getting better and they are getting older. Some day there will be an opportunity for us to sit together. I will tell them how much joy I found in putting together their projects and I hope they will be able to tell me how much they enjoyed my efforts. Really a good book. Meghan Morris --Letter to the publisher

Parenting at a Distance, has been a great resource for me. At first the mother of my son didn't want to help me communicate with the kids. The fact that I had a plan for contact with them and was consistent won her over. I think she gets as much a kick out of the seeing what will be in the next package as the boys do. Ken Richards --Weekend Fathers Newsletter.

Stone Wall Forensic Audio & Video Services (936) 642-1818
Evans and Kitchens Law Office
P. O. Box 855, Groveton, Texas 75845

Stone Wall offers a state-of-the-art recording studio owned by practicing attorney offers forensic audio and video services including -- transfer of micro-cassette (answering machine) to cassette tape and compact disk format transfer of cassette tape to compact disk format clean up and enhancement of recorded conversation, including removal of tape hiss, hums, background noises and transcription of conversations preparation of cassette tape and/or compact disk trial exhibits indexing relevant passages/portions of the recorded media video editing for mediation purposes video editing for trial purposes preparation of exhibits for mediation and trial.


    Extensive civil and criminal trial and appellate experience, both alone and as part of legal teams and both as prosecution (plaintiff) and defense, in District Courts in Trinity, Polk, San Jacinto, Walker, Houston, Angelina and surrounding counties including cases ranging from capital murder to forcible entry and detainer, family law, collections, personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice and deed restrictions.

    Numerous video and audio presentations for mediation and trial. References of judges, clients and other attorneys available upon request.
    Stone Wall's Chief Recording Engineer brings over 16 years of recording studio experience in Los Angeles, Houston and Dallas in addition to working with Travis Kitchens in forensic audio the last three years. A detailed resume is available upon request. Reasonable rates and expedited service when necessary.

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National Coaliton of Free Men
    The Public Hearing Room includes testimony and speeches before public bodies. This material provides excellent examples of how NCFM is representing you. ...And, it demonstrates how you can get involved in the political process in a meaningful way by joining in with NCFM. Publications listed and summarized here are available through the U.S. mail. Topics include effects of language on male behavior, discrimination against men in criminal court and more.

Domestic Violence Civil Protection Orders (CPOs) By State


Review of the CustodyWar.com web site that has books for parents and children.

Parents Without Partners
    The problems are many in bringing up our children alone, contending with the emotional conflicts of divorce, never-married, separation or widowhood. PWP Inc. is the only international organization that provides real help in the way of discussions, professional speakers, study groups, publications and social activities for families and adults. Through the exchange of ideas and companionship, we hope to further our common welfare and the well-being of our children.

Single Momz
    The site for Single Momz by Single Momz. We know what it's like. Whether you came to single Motherhood by choice or not, you're here and we're glad you've joined us. Our goal is to provide an informative and supportive network where we Single Mothers can share our experiences & knowledge, friendship & caring in support of each other and Single Mothers everywhere. You'll find a variety of topics, ranging from potty training to presidential candidates, child support to career strategies, teenagers to time savers. If you don't find what you need, just ask, we're all Single Momz here, and we're here to help!

Grandparents & Children (304) 536-3536
Post Office Box 25-b, Caldwell WV 24925-0025

GrandChildren/ GrandParents Rights for WV (304) 652-4587 send Email
    Do you visit your grandchild / grandchildren? Did you send a birthday card? Did you receive a birthday card from your grandchild? Do you phone your grandchild and say "I Love You" and do you hear a sweet voice say, "I Love You, too"? If your answer is NO to any of the questions above - YOU ARE NOT ALONE. We have support, information and referral for Grandparent Rights.

Putting Kids First
Walking Away From A Marriage Without Walking Over The Kids
    A positive guide for parents to assist in dealing with issues of custody and visitation of children. The Midwest Book Review said: At last: a guide which advises parents on how to walk away from a marriage with the least effects on the children. New attitudes about children and divorce's effects are needed: Oddenino provides these insights, juxtaposing case history examples of parent interactions and experiences with the legal system with keys to therapies which help heal the entire family. The author is an attorney for the Children's Rights Council.

Parental Alliance for Reform (304) 366-0699

55 Jo Harry Dr., Fairmont WV 26554-3538

Resources for Stepdads:



Seven Steps to Being a Better Stepdad

Stepfathering on About.com

Stepdad on Fathers.com – National Center on Fathering

TheStepfamilyLife’s Links for Stepdads

National Coalition of Free Men (304) 527-2495

1326 East Street, Follansbee WV 26037-1204

Child Custody Witness Guide for Deposition or in Court
    Essential to giving the testimony you need to give. Critical for the witnesses you are counting on. Important for all types of cases and essential for child custody and divorce cases. You only get one chance to protect your fathers rights, mothers rights or grandparent rights in court. Avoid the tricks and traps of questioning. This books fast easy solution will let you watch the effectiveness of your case skyrocket! This book is 5 1/2" X 9" with more than 230 pages.

Child Custody Case Management Forms
    2010 Edition. Chapters include forms that will help you 'Get a Handle on Your Situation', deal with 'The Professionals', institute and maintain control, 'Case management', and give you 'Examples of Legal Forms'. Fathers Rights and Mothers Rights groups encourage dads and moms to use the 'Incident Report Forms' and an observer to defuse potentially explosive confrontations. The 'Condition of the Child Form' is excellent for creating a paper trail to prove real charges or disprove false abuse charges. Other forms include Contact Problem and Incident List, Evidence to Disprove Statements, Equipment & Service Options, Witness Practice - Review, Evaluating the professionals, Authorization for Child’s Medical Care, Temporary Delegation of Parental Authority, Trip Permission. Essential to the effective management of the most important event in your life. The control you gain and maintain can help with child custody or divorce. This book is 8 1/2" X 11" and contains more than 320 examples and forms. Undated every year.

The Fathers' Rights and Equality Exchange 1 (500) FOR-DADS
    F.R.E.E.[tm] works to gain equality for fathers using a three-pronged approach. The three prongs are support, education, and legislation. F.R.E.E.[tm] volunteers man the phones, and return calls to dads, letting them know that they are not alone. F.R.E.E.[tm] provides associates with up-to-date information via its website and electronic mail updates. F.R.E.E.[tm] makes available, in one central location, additional resources, including books and videotapes. F.R.E.E.[tm] provides referrals to, and consultations by, father-friendly attorneys.

Killers & Boosters for Child Custody Cases 
(Attitude Adjustment for Child Custody Case Litigants)
    Advice is usually given by people without the real information or life experience, with the right intention at the wrong time. With this book you can take advice when you want it and ready to hear it. You can act on what you have learned, mull it over or discard the advice altogether without interference. This book will not allow you to give the opposition power you might imagine but that they do not really have or let you allow others to diminish the importance you play in your children's lives. Divorce is never easy, this will help. This book has been called 'Chicken Soup' for the Child Custody Case. It will help a lot and it certainly can't hurt. This book is 5 1/2" X 9" and has more than 1,700 entries. 

Child Support Enforcement Division (304) 558-3780

1900 Kanawha Blvd. East, Capitol Complex, Building 6, Rm. 817
Charleston, WV 25305

West Virginia State Bar (for attorney referrals) (304) 558-2456
2006 Kanawha Blvd. East, Charleston, WV 25311
    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday Eligibility: All citizens. Cost: Free information & referral to Lawyer Referral Service--volunteer lawyers at Service charge small consultation fee. Offers pertinent information regarding what lawyers handle specific cases and/or area of expertise; makes recommendations and deals with complaints concerning members of the Bar. Makes referrals to Lawyer Referral Service. Statewide. Kanawha County, location.

Legal Aid Society of Charleston (304) 343-4481
1033 Quarrier Street, Suite 600, Charleston, WV 25301
    9:00 - 4:30, Monday - Friday People who meet federal poverty guidelines. No charge. Offer civil legal services to low-income individuals and senior citizens; services for public benefits, domestic violence, and landlord-tenant issues.

Lawyer Referral Charleston, WV (304) 348-2880 (800) 642-3617
    Evening hours are best and we help anyone needing legal assistance. Most services are free: a minimum charge of $10 may be charged in other instances. Caller is given the names of two lawyers who can help in the individual's problem: the toll-free number puts the caller directly in touch with a lawyer in Kanawha County.

Appalachian Research & Defense Fund, Inc.  235-6751
    M, T, Th, F: 8:30-12:00 / 1:00-5:00. Wed.: 8:30-12:00. Applicants must be below 125% of poverty level income. There is no cost though some litigation costs may be paid by client. Legal service to low income people with civil legal problems: generally cases concerned with domestic violence, income maintenance, food or shelter (landlord/tenant, evictions, public housing, SSI, etc.) Serving Mingo County, location.

Harrison County Bar Association 623-8349
c/o Frederick Brooking, P.O. Box 2450, Clarksburg, WV. 26302-2450
    8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday Offers pertinent information regarding what lawyers handle specific cases and/or area of expertise; makes recommendations and deals with complaints concerning members of the Bar. Serving Harrison County, location.

Fayett County Public Defender 574-2583Court St., Fayetteville, WV 25840
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Friday offering court-appointed legal services paid for with state and federal funds and serving Fayette County, location.

CASA - Children's Home Society of WV (304) 744-3411
1145 Greenbrier St, Charleston, WV 25311
    Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteer Program recruits & trains volunteers who are appointed by a judge to advocate for abused, neglected, & dependent children during court proceedings. Serving Kanawha County, location.

Family Refuge Center 645-6334
P. O. Box 249; located, 117 East Washington St, Lewisburg, WV 24901
    Open 24 hours, 7 days per week. Abuse victims support services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, emergency shelter, problem-oriented counseling, legal advocacy, court advocacy, medical advocacy, support groups, children's groups, case management, community education, prevention education, sexual abuse prevention for children and teens. VOCA, FVP, Juvenile Justice, ESGP, FEMA, Title XX, FPSB, DOE, CORA, Hilton Foundation, Daywood. Serving Greenbrier County, location. Pocahontas County. Monroe County.

Genoa Christian Center 385-4583
PO Box 67, Genoa, WV 25517
    Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9 am - 4:30 pm Serves mostly southern Wayne County. Any low income individuals are welcome. Financial assistance with food, clothing, utilities, prescriptions, limited financial aid. Paralegal advice, information and referral, individual and family counseling, and sewing cooperative for area women are also offered. Base for Wayne County 4-H and for Literacy Volunteers of America. Wayne County Work Camp (385-4203) repairs dwellings mid-March) Serving Wayne County, location.

SAFE (Stop Abusive Family Environments) 732-8176
POB 1152 (located: Cedar St.), Pineville, WV 24874
    Open 9-5 for Domestic Violence Victims / Rape & Incest Victims. There are no charges for the protective services for all family members in abusive situation. SAFE refers and provides transport to shelters, provides legal advocacy, assists in filling out abuse petitions, etc. Parenting / life skills classes. FVP, VOCA, JJDP, Family Protection, Title XX - DHHR, Drug Free Community, grants from Kellogg, Hilton, Benedum, USX. Serving Wyoming County, location. McDowell County. Mercer County.

Marriage Encounter
    Assemblies of God Marriage Encounter
    Baptist Marriage Encounter
    Episcopal Marriage Encounter
    Jewish Marriage Enhancement
    International Lutheran Marriage Encounter
    Methodist Marriage Encounter
    Roman Catholic Marriage Encounter
    Seventh-Day Adventist Marriage Encounter
    United Church of Christ Marriage Encounter 

    Marriage Encounter, is a weekend away from home, family and responsibilities where in a comfortable, secluded environment a couple is guided in the discovery of new techniques of communicating and sharing with one another. It is not a retreat, but it is a program designed to give couples the opportunity to examine their lives together, their weaknesses and strong points, their attitudes toward each other and toward their families. Couples are given the opportunity to look at themselves, privately with their partner in an honest, face-to-face, heart-to-heart encounter.

    Engaged Encounter, is a weekend experience designed to help couples prepare personally and as a couple for marriage. The focus is on the marriage, not on the wedding. "A wedding is a day ... a marriage is a lifetime." Couples are shown communication and decision-making techniques they can use throughout their lifetime together. Engaged Encounter is specifically designed for quiet reflection and discussion by each couple. It is a positive, simple, common-sense experience between two people who are either seriously considering engagement, engaged or recently married. At no time will the couple be asked to share their private experiences with the group.

NO BULLY website
    This site is part of the Telecom/Police STOP BULLYING Campaign. Spot and Bo are here to show you around the site. You can hang out with Bo and his friends and play the No Bully game, and he's got lots of other useful stuff for kids. Spot can help you to find out about support services in your community and ways that adults can help kids to deal with bullying.

    This site originates in New Zealand but addresses a world wide problem. Telecom is the major sponsor of Police programs which help young New Zealanders to avoid becoming offenders or victims of crime. The programs encourage children and young people to act safely and confidently to protect themselves and their property, and avoid drug abuse. Telecom supports the Police because we recognize it is the responsibility of all New Zealanders to allow our children and young people to grow up in a safe and healthy environment.

IRS Forms & Publications
    The latest IRS publications and forms with instructions for download in the various formats.

Dear Judge,

    This book can reassure parents doing the right things, and has opened the hearts of an angry, self-centered parents, allowing them to put the needs of the children before their own desires. Parents often think they know what is going on in the hearts of their children, and are stunned to discover how much children see, hear and know. Get this book to see how children express their concerns. Give this book to someone who needs to know how the children feel. You will see your children in these letters. The letters are funny, sad, happy, hopeful and amazing. This book is has 190 letters. PayPal   Google

National Association of Social Workers West Virginia Chapter

1608 Virginia Street East
Charleston, West Virginia 25311
(304) 345-NASW (6279)
FAX: 343-3295

West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence

Elk Office Center
4710 Chimney Drive, Suite A, Charleston, WV 25302
(304) 965-3552 (voice & TTY)                 (304) 965-3572 (fax)

If you are in immediate danger we urge you to dial 911.
If you need a referral to your closest Domestic Violence Program, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE twenty-four hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Email is NOT a secure way to communicate with us because most email systems store sent emails that can be later retrieved by your abuser.

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