I am going to file for custody of my daughter can anyone give me an idea of what to expect?

Nicole - posted on 10/13/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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Long story short he has a substance abuse issue with all things and I have given him more than enough chances and he is not giving me any other choice but to take him to court. I do not want her to be emotionally damaged or worse he has already caused enough damage with me I can not allow that for my daughter. Any advice anyone has would be helpful thanks so much!

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Jennifer - posted on 10/13/2009

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All below are great suggestions. I am a law enforcement officer and suggest that you document everything. If he calls, comes by the house etc. Document date, time and what you observe of his behavior. Speak with an attorney and stay strong. From my experience these things get nasty because of families wanting in and he will bring up dirt on you no matter how far in the past it will be!!!!

Dossie - posted on 10/13/2009

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First thing, you need to file quickly. Once that is done you need to have him tested. That will ensure custody for you. My Husband and I just went through this with his ex-wife. Go into this court case open minded, remember he is her Father even given the current situation he is in. Be fair, but be sure to keep your daugther's safety the key point.

Tonya - posted on 10/13/2009

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I am going through the same thing. My suggestion is to stay strong it is going to get worse before it gets better and..... . think long term when you go to court not just what is going to happen in the next year but farther college and such because if you don't you'll have to go back and it will be no fun.

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