Sick child's dad wants shared/ full custody

Jillian - posted on 09/24/2013 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My almost 3 year old child (in January) was just diagnosed less than 2 weeks ago with Leukemia. His father, who has been absent for all but 5 months of his life, visited from out of state to supposedly be here for his kid. Found out that he filed for shared custody while here. The health of my child is my number one priority, so I am changing everything I need to in my life to help support his treatment and recovery process, this includes wanting to maintain my full time status of custodial parent. I am very confident based on what doctors and staff have informed us on that his dad will not get any shared time due to living in another state and other circumstances such as past drug and criminal behavior. However, I am not really sure where to start in proceeding with this, especially since now my funds will be tight with medical costs. I could use some help/ advice on where to find a very affordable family law attorney, or any additional information to support my case.

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Michelle - posted on 09/24/2013

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I found a good lawyer through the yellow pages or google. I'm in Australia so can't help you with who is around your area.

Jillian - posted on 09/24/2013

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Me and my son have been living in Florida for almost a year now. His father lives in Kansas. There are plenty of convictions, 5 years prison prior to our relationship and another year of drug use and jail time after our son was born and I left his dad due to routine abuse.

Michelle - posted on 09/24/2013

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Well without knowing where you are no one can give you the name of affordable legal advice. You do need to find a lawyer though but unless there have been convictions with the drug use you can't use that as a reason for him to not get shared custody.

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