Q: Could a father file for full custody and keep the child from the residential parent's home if the mother tells the
[question continued] father she thinking about moving in over a decade?
Hi, I'm in a bit of a conundrum. I told the father that I was thinking about moving but it was going to take time. I told him it'd take over a decade to do this. The child in question is 9 right now and is with the father for the summer as per the divorce decree. He's here the rest of the time for school. I am the residential and custodial parent. He says that he decided that since I said that he's going to file custody papers and that he's not going to bring him back home. He mixed my words and now is saying he has witnesses that I said I was leaving immediately.
I have no idea what to do or if I should do anything. I'm in the state of Ohio and I reached out to community legal aid in summit county (I will try Cuyahoga county because this is where he'll most likely file the court papers) and unfortunately they cannot help me due to COVID.
A: Nothing prevents a parent from filing to change the custody arrangement at any time. The judge then considers all the circumstances and what is in the best interest of the child. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to consult a local family law attorney to review your situation and give you more information so you don't worry. Many offer free phone consultations.
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