Q: I just recently had a first appearance with my girlfriend of 8 years for domestic abuse. We had an argument that led to
Me harassing her via facebook. Minutes before our turn her lawyer came to me and I felt like I was entrapped by her lawyer and my family to sign an "agreement" concerning a restraining order but also I now have "supervised visitation" for both if my kids for 26hr/week
I am not violent and feel I deserve joint custody. She had cut off all contact with me and complied with court order very reluctantly. I'm concerned that my kids are being brainwashed/ manipulated and basically weaponized against me. I have never not had their best interest in mind. She does aswell until now, I think she is more after hurting me without concern of the kids feelings. Shes very good at making me look bad. I'm not a bad dad though and want nothing more than to act reasonably and can agree on a 50/50 agreement. I said some harassing things after a heated argument that she used as the only evidence of her accusation. People around her have always been a little concerned for her mental stability
A: If you file a separate court action for child custody, and parenting agreement or order that comes out of the custody case will trump the supervised visitation in the domestic violence case. I would highly recommend you hire a local attorney to help you with that, especially since she is represented.
A: Edit: *any* parenting agreement or order
A: You need to consult with a local family law attorney and of course, stop signing legal documents that you don't fully understand the ramifications of.
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