Jennifer Maribel - posted on 04/12/2016 ( 5 moms have responded )
I am going through a custody battle for my daughter Olivia.We live in College Station. I have been her primary caregiver and have had her more than 80% of the time her ENTIRE LIFE. I was a stay at hime mother from September 3rd, 2013 (the day she was born) until October 31, 2014. I got a part time job and only worked twice a week for 4 hour shifts. During mediation the father agreed to her being with me and for him to have standard visitation (1st,3rd,5th weekend of every month). It was this way since January 21st. The judge (court was April 1st, we got the results on April 8th) ruled that her father would be primary and would determine the residence and that Olivia would live with him for one week and with me one week. I have never heard of a judge making a call like this. I feel like I am running out of options. This ruling is a mistake and will hurt my daughter. What are my options?! I am going to appeal but my lawyer is defending the judge more than she is defending me. I am not a drug addict, an alcoholic, and i do not go out and party. They have had no solid evidence that I am an unfit mother because I am a fit mother. They have nothing to use against me. I am enrolled full time in college, ALL online so I can take care of my daughter. I have a 3.19 GPA and am only one fall semester away from being able to apply to nursing school. I am restricted to live in Brazos county but asked for an extension of 100 mile radius outside of Brazos County. The judge ruled that if I moved outside of Brazos County that the father would get her and I would get standard visitation. I need help. This is not right. My daughter is very attached to me. She will suffer greatly. Her father also works 6 days a week, usually from 1pm-10om. This means his mother would be watching her over 50% of the time. If anyone has any suggestions or attorney recommendations please submit them. I am trying to do everything I can to fix this.