What are my rights as a single mother? What are my chances on getting full/sole custody?

Question:

What are my rights as a single mother? What are my chances on getting full/sole custody?

My ex husband and I have joint custody of our child. He does not pay child support, he is verbally abusive, he recently got a DUI, he picks up his child whenever convenient for him, and goes up to 6 months without a visit. When he does take my child he ignores my calls and does not allow my child to call me. I want to know what I can do about this situation. I honestly don’t care about the child support, all I want is to have my child with me where he/she is safe. My ex and I can’t speak without him getting loud or making it difficult for me. I just want to live at peace with my child away from all this drama. I’m scared for my child and me. I fear my ex will lie about me and it will backfire, where I’m the bad guy, but to be honest I’ve been there for my child since day one. Please help a single mom!

Answer:

It sounds like you are way over-due for a consultation with an experienced family law attorney.

All of the things that you are having an issue with are unacceptable behaviors and if he will not work with you to parent your child then yes, it may be time to review a modification of his rights and responsibilities.

Further, if he is ordered to pay child support and does not obey that court order, it is time that he gets with that program as well.

Feel free to give us a call, we would be happy to discuss your situation with you at no charge.

Good luck!

Patrick Sampair
The Sampair Group, PLLC

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