Meet with parents/custodians prior to engaging in court activities
  • Petitioned Katherine M. Keefe

This petition was delivered to:

McHenry County Circuit Clerk
Katherine M. Keefe
22nd Judicial Circuit Court of McHenry County
Judge Zopp

Meet with parents/custodians prior to engaging in court activities

    1. Petition by

      Tim Steinmetz

      Genoa City, WI

I am a re-married father of two daughters, both of whom I have custody of. Recently, my ex-wife entered a lawsuit against me requesting custody be granted to her based on a "significant change in the girls circumstances". Two years ago, she sued me for the same, and lost (withdrew her case on the advice of the judge, her attorney, and the Guardian Ad Litem). There was no "significant change in the girls circumstances" then, and there isn't one now. The first lawsuit cost my family and I over $7,000... only to be withdrawn since there was no basis for it. The whole thing was pointless, and the lawyers were the only ones who benefited. This second one has already cost me about $2,000, and we haven't even had a day in court. My children are happy, healthy, well cared for, and are doing very well in school and extra-curricular activities... there are truly no issues that would suggest that any change in their living arrangements would be anything but detrimental to their lives. My ex-wife on the other hand, was recently charged with Class 3 Felony Identity Theft against one of my daughters (yes, the same one she's suing for custody over)... however, I have no way of letting the court know this prior to this lawsuit going any further. If I had the opportunity to speak to someone (the Judge, GAL, or a mediator) prior to this lawsuit going forward, I could let them know of her crime, and also ask that she prove that there has been a "significant change in the children's circumstances" that her court document suggests. This would allow for the opportunity to stop the process from going any further unnecessarily, or to allow it to continue if there are merits deemed worthy of court action. These two lawsuits have been financially crippling to us, and have taken a great deal of time and energy that would otherwise be spent beneficially for our children. As everyone knows, times are not exactly easy right now, and to waste thousands of dollars on this type of case with no basis is making things even harder. To allow these types of events to continue, without grounds, is devastating to families. I'm sure there have been many similar events around the country, and that many families would benefit from this opportunity. This "qualification process" would allow families to discuss the issue briefly with the a court-appointed representative to determine if a full hearing/trial/etc. is necessary, and it would also free up the court system to focus on more important matters.

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    • dixiana fiegel BURLINGTON, WI
      • about 3 years ago

      I am new to this family recently married Carols brother but let me tell you these are some of the happiest and well mannered kids I have ever met. I really hopes this helps Tim and Leo will sign it along with my parents and my sisters to help. Love you guys

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    • Ruby Blodgett DELAVAN, WI
      • about 3 years ago

      I have known this family for a long time and these girls are well taken care of. I know they would never do anything to harm their girls.

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    • William Woehlke ALAMEDA, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      I have known them for several years and they are two or the most caring parents you will find. Their children are always 1st priority, no matter what else is going on around them. Lawsuits like this create an undo burden on loving parents and their families. The laws should change so that bad parents, trial attorneys and others who do not have the best interest of the children in mind are the only ones to benefit. When will the best interest of the children come first?

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    • Lynn Holland GENOA CITY, WI
      • about 3 years ago

      Having know Carol for over 15 years and meeting Tim Steinmetz I can say they are two loving dedicated parents. Tim's children thrive in his and Carol's care. The key question is what is in the best interest of the children and in my opinion routine is best. It is not healthy to remove children from a stable loving nurturing home, school, friends, and extra-curricular activities. The repeated suits in this case shouldn't be allowed without proven circumstance changes.

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    • Georgia Hinske-West SALT LAKE CITY, UT
      • about 3 years ago

      I was the daughters dance teacher for many years until 2010 when I moved. They are all wonderful well adjusted, happy & respectful girls. They thrive when living with Carol and Tim Steinmetz. I was honored to give a statement to the court 2 years ago when the ex-wife tried this before. I agree with need for a mediator to be appointed to review the case prior to it moving further in the system, as it would be found to be unnecessary like the last time she sued. I know Carol & Tim to be level headed, loving parents who are always willing to have a working relationship with his ex-wfie. It's sad that she continues to this route. The ex-wife should be liable for the court costs.

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