Q: How do I get 50/50 custody of my 4 month old son?
The mother has already contacted the court for paternity, child support, and custody. I am unsure what steps I need to take to be ready to defend myself and get half custody of my son. DES has contacted me for my new address but thats all that has came of this so far with the courts being closed. Just affraid shes got enough on me to get full custody and me have to pay a crap ton of child support.
A: The first practical step is to take advantage of a free consultation with a family lawyer. This isn't a sales pitch, it's just important for you to evaluate the whether she has "enough on you" to restrict your custody rights. It is unclear what you mean by contacted the court, but if she's filed a petition to establish you have pretty immediate deadlines to file a response. If you fail to timely respond, her petition may be granted by default. So please check the court docket to see if she's officially filed.
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