Philadelphia, PA asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Pennsylvania

Q: My child's mother is mentally unstable and I have proof,I want full custody how do i go about doing so?

My child's mother is suicidal and has threatened to kill herself. My child primarily lives with her and i feel she may be unsafe staying there. How should i go about the situation? She lives in NJ I live in PA

1 Lawyer Answer

Lisa Marie Vari

Answered
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: To start you must figure out which state has jurisdiction over the matter.

Jurisdiction is usually proper where the child has been residing for the past 6 consecutive months, so it sounds like that may be New Jersey in your case. If so, you will need to file for custody through the New Jersey courts and all matters will be litigated there unless they relinquish jurisdiction.

Lisa Marie Vari, Esquire

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