Q: Is it possible to file for custody while pregnant?
I am pregnant with my first child and ended things with the father. I asked if we could come to an agreement between the two of us vs going to courts and he is now threatening to go for custody. He cannot take care of himself, he does not support himself. He lives at home with his parents and blows his paycheck on weed. His mother is very supportive of me and said it was good I left. I want to keep this out or courts because I don’t believe it will rule very well in his favor and I want him to have the ability to see his child whenever he wants. The problem is that he cannot provide and has unrealistic views of what raising and caring for a child looks like. He views this child as a possession to have instead of a human being to take care of. His inability to be a good partner has zero reference over his ability to be a good father, but at the moment I am truly just concerned for my child’s well-being when it is born and he is not one who can care for them. What should I do?
A: No, you cannot file for custody until after the baby is born. You're lucky that his mother is supportive of you. She can be your greatest ally if you make sure that she sees her new grandbaby. I suggest that you consult with a local family law attorney for guidance.
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