how do I establish custody and visitation without a lawyer?
Dove - posted on 07/23/2013
Honestly... unless he is abusive to your child, seriously on drugs, or extremely neglectful... he will almost certainly win joint custody even if you HAVE a lawyer. I agree with Shawnn about trying mediation (court can help you set it up). Hopefully the two of you can come to an agreement without a fight.
Amy - posted on 07/23/2013
As Jodi stated nothing you've said is a reason why joint custody would be denied. My ex lost his job over a year ago, and lives between his parents and brother, we still have joint although primary residency is with me.
You can go to the court and the clerk will tell you what papers need to be filled out and filed. Usually they set up a couple of mediation sessions where you and your ex can try and come up with an agreement with visitation. My suggestion is to not get caught up on him not having a job or money to pay, he still has a right to see his child.
Jessica - posted on 07/23/2013
I live in Indiana, I want sole custody because my ex can barely pay his rent or put food on the table for himself. I want he and my son to have visitation but I don't want my son to live with him. his dad Will want sole custody or joint custody. he and I do not work well together. he is still bitter about are breakup and I have moved on.
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