Q: What options do I have in getting a legal joint custody order put in place, and if any, how do I begin proceedings?
I do pay child support. I have been an integral part of the child's life since birth.(9/23/2011) the only reason it's not now,is covid-19. The mother let our daughter go to "a trusted friends house", so she could have someone to play with while all of this is going on despite her being out of school as well for covid-19. There have been no problems up until now.
A: You should consult with a local family law attorney. From the facts, as you describe them, it seems as if there is no parenting plan that has ever been established by a court order. If this is the case, you will likely need to file a Petition to Establish Parentage in the county juvenile court where your daughter currently lives. Once parentage is established, the Court can enter a temporary parenting plan until the case is resolved. Once the case is over, there should be a permanent parenting plan that will establish court ordered time you are allowed to parent your daughter until she turns 18. Good luck.
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