I am a unmarried parent that is 19 and i am trying to get full custody of my child. the father of my child does not have a job and isn't a really good role model for my daughter. He is not a bad person i just want to get full custody to not have to worry if hes going to help me support her. I dont have much money to get an attonery but the father of my child knows hes not in a good postion to go to court to win this case. what can i do to get full custody of my child without having to get an attonery?is there a way i can get help as in child support even though he doesnt work? or is there a way he has can get a last chance to show he can support our child like a time limit if not i automatically get full custody?
young teenage mother
Posted 30 March 2011 - 09:27 AM
the father of my child . . . isn't a really good role model for my daughter.
How does he feel about you as a role model? And what does this say about you since you chose to have a child with him? These are largely rhetorical questions, and I don't ask them to be argumentative. The first question is designed to illustrate the point that your subjective, biased assessment of him is pretty well irrelevant. The second question is largely designed to get you thinking about how you might be attacked if you pursue the line of attack you are contemplating.
i just want to get full custody to not have to worry if hes going to help me support her.
What exactly do you think "full custody" means, and why do you think obtaining that will obviate the need for you to "worry if [he is] going to help [you] support her"? You didn't identify your state, which means we can't tell you anything specific about the applicable law, but I can assure you that "full custody" does not mean that the father will have no rights regarding the child.
what can i do to get full custody of my child without having to get an attonery?
You cannot do anything aside from presenting the best case possible to the court. Custody is based on what the court determines to be in the child's best interests.
is there a way i can get help as in child support even though he doesnt work?
In every state, the parents' incomes are relevant in calculating child support. No court is going to tell a non-custodial parent that he/she doesn't have to pay child support simply because he/she isn't working at the time the support order is entered. The court may defer the issue to give the non-custodial parent time to find a job, or if may impute a certain income based on what it believes the parent could earn. Specific facts matter, however, so it's impossible to say anything with certainty.
is there a way he has can get a last chance to show he can support our child like a time limit if not i automatically get full custody?
I'm not really sure what this means, but it appears to be based on some sort of mistaken notion as to what "full custody" means.
If you can provide some further information and clarification, we might be able to provide you with a more definite response.