When Christine Stadler took my case, she had a duty to be honest with me, including about why she failed to appear for a specially set trial on Feb. 24, 2017, in Cobb County.

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Child Custody Case Abandoned by Christine Stadler

The Stadler Law Group’s founder Christine Stadler prepared for trial, including in gathering discovery that proved financial fraud by the father Charles Wayne Beacham who wanted to get rid of child support. The trial was scheduled for February 24, 2017, on the mother’s claims for change of custody, child support, and contempt of the custody order.

In the weeks leading up to this trial, Stadler’s staff confirmed in email that she was preparing for this trial. Emails between the Cobb County court and lawyers show they were all preparing for this trial. Stadler’s office emailed that Stadler that this trial on her calendar and that she would meet with her client, the mother, before the trial.

The father’s lawyer filed a motion to remove the trial from the calendar, and Stadler filed an objection, showing why the trial should continue, going into detail about the father’s misconduct. No order was filed removing the trial from the calendar; however, Stadler failed to appear for the trial, but would not explain this failure. Stadler stayed quiet while the father’s lawyer went to a different county and participated in a custody hearing to switch custody to the father in a county that never acquired jurisdiction over the custody and child support issues.

Stadler abandoned her duty to appear in Cobb County on the pending claims and later told her client that the Cobb court stayed (put on hold) the mother’s custody case, but no order staying the case was ever seen as one was not filed. There was no stay in place. Christine Stadler lied to her client to avoid getting rulings on the mother’s Cobb County claims.

The second court, Fulton County, on the same day as the Cobb case was set for trial, held a hearing on the father’s later-filed custody case. Even after it was acknowledged on the record in Fulton that the mother’s custody case was pending in Cobb County, the Fulton judge allowed the father’s case to proceed. Custody was switched to the father and child support stopped – – all while jurisdiction was only in Cobb County. There was no authority for Fulton to rule on custody or child support issues.

Christine Stadler failed to ask the Cobb judge to reset the trial and to set aside the void Fulton rulings, which were void for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Subject matter was custody, child support, and contempt of custody orders, and subject matter jurisdiction was only in Cobb County.

Christine Stadler communicated with the father’s attorney that the Cobb County case filed by the mother was not dismissed, showing she knew she had a duty to appear in Cobb and to obtain rulings on the ripe claims, especially when rulings were critically needed to protect mother and children.

After a couple of months of staying quiet, after lying to the mother in saying her case was stayed by the Cobb Court, Christine Stadler filed to withdraw from the Cobb case. The withdraw was granted later in 2017.

Stadler’s negligence in failing to appear, her deception of her client in saying the case was stayed, led to the loss of the children, the child support, and the home of the mother and children. The father then cut off communication between mother and children, and years later, they have not recovered the lost relationship because of his control over the children. This control and resulting broken parent/child bond were avoidable if attorney Christine Stadler had been honest and had appeared in Cobb County to ensure orders were issued on the claims that were properly before the Cobb County court.

As soon as the mother was able to learn that what her former lawyer did was malpractice, she prepared a complaint and put the lawyer on notice of the lawsuit, seeking to have her served in early 2021. A second lawyer was involved as the mother’s lawyer in Fulton County, and he did properly cooperate with the service effort, filing his response to the case, but for two years, attorney Stadler evaded service, refusing to provide an address to the process server, avoiding any form of cooperation. Stadler told the process server when he was on the phone with her trying to get an address where she could be personally served, her response was, “Good luck with that.”

Service was then ordered by the judge to have the lawyer served by publication, and service was carried about by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office and by the Georgia Office of the Secretary of State.