My wife has been appointed a guardian by the State of Washington and it is not me.
The Step Children (whom were in the 35 year marriage), very much approved of our marriage, and then (yes I am an attorney), like the statement goes, "a shoe maker without shoes for his children", I really dropped the ball. Then of course my wife has been diagnosed with the middle to 3/4 stage of Dementia. I state it that way, because I am well aware that there are many forms, I guess over 100 of Dementia, and she was diagnosed a 82 year old woman, whom is vulnerable.
I am at a large loss for this, and at the end of the day, I wonder what in the world, could I have done to have my step children just really do nothing short of trying to kick me out of their mother's life. We again, have been married for 35 years. This is not a short term marriage. We build a life together. When the Guardian At Litem for WA state took statements, she did not interview anyone that knows my, (sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles (still living), as well as nieces and nephews, that at the age of 16 are willing to assist me, without being asked.
I feel like, here I am an attorney, and there is something I am not understanding.
This is a very important question not only for me, one whom is already living the horror, of being told how awful of a person you are, because they have the legal right to give me legal verbal abuse. I have spent over $35,000 in resources that I didn't have, to try and get the Guardian to keep my wife in her own home. That failed. I have filed a document with a few people as a group for "defamation of character".
I just don't understand. There is not a large amount of money. There are 4 children, that two month's ago were working with me. Now, something has sparked their interest to be against me.
So this is the series of events:
Wife and I have been married since 1980.
We brought up all of our children together, and I raised my step daughter from the age of 6 months, and my step son from the age of 4 years!
They spoke with me and stated to my assistant, "when I had my private law firm" that "I was the best step dad that they could have asked for"".
They served me papers when it was apparent that their mom was declining with an illness named "Dementia"
She had been diagnosed 2 years before by a formal doctor.
We have exhausted 2 years of 24 hour care, which was "court ordered" because they stated that I was gone 4 - 5 nights. This is totally untrue, obviously my statements with American Express and Billing Statements would show my itineraries, which I have provided (everything to the courts, but my kitchen sink), and I am at a loss.
My wife was forced to move into an AFH 12 month's ago.
I have a very sparse practice, due to my concentration of defending myself, with the goal of seeing that my wife is allowed to move back where she wants to.
I make enough to provide for her, but I do not have enough reserves at this point for 24/7 care at $25.00 per hour. That is ALOT OF RESOURCES.
THIS IS SO LONG, I will stop there, for all of you wonderful people to assist me.
Thanks to all.