Join Date: Nov 2001
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You will probably need a lawyer, unless Owen's father just signs whatever you put in front of him.
FULL custody is almost impossible to be awarded. What you will most likely get, and I recommend going for (so you don't look vindictive) is 'shared parental rights and responsibilities' with you as the "primary' caregiver, and minimal visitation for Owens father ( like when he can make it to your house, not shipping Owen to him). Shared parental rights and responsibilities means that the father has access to school, medical, religious, mental health , etc. recoerds, and CAN play a role in those areas, if he wants to. It also means that child support are court ordered. The visitation is the thing that you need to think about, and fight against.
If you have been documenting visits and contact between Owen and his father, that would be a big help for you. If not, try starting now, and maybe write up a brief summary of past visiting norms.
I wish you lots of strength, and wish for you to have no fear in this fight. Keep healthy, get lots of sleepand try not to worry about things that you don't KNOW will happen.
Lots of love,
proverbs 29:7 the righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.