foothills wrote:The history between me and his mother (my ex-wife) is absolutely repulsive (SURPRISE). Not because of me, but because of her. She hired a bulldog attorney who managed to have me stripped of my "joint legal custody" (my ex has sole legal custody)....the judge we were in front of clearly had it out for me and just simply did not like me (for whatever reason). I could do NOTHING right!!!
OP, whether you like it or not Bart has pulled the cover off of the elephant in the room that you are avoiding. The incident at school is a non-issue and can be easily deflected by acknowledging you were a little too aggressive in your parenting during school hours. Unless your son came out of that room crying his head off in distress then it is a non-issue.
The bigger issue is the circumstances that led up to you losing joint legal custody, which is seen in many states as a pretty big hurdle for your ex to be awarded in court. If the short temper and combative responses to Bart are an indication I'm betting your ex's case was built around accusations of high conflict and anger from you, lack of co-parenting and her being fearful at exchanges. Can you lay out their strategy and points of testimony/evidence that led to that ruling, were you represented by an attorney?
Before you fire back at me know that I am merely pointing out how your ex and counsel will attack you in court. Whether the judgement was justified or merely the product of a biased judge I have no idea, but I guarantee that it will be a prominent part of her case. Attempting to defend against that by saying that the judge was out to get you is a losing strategy.