I will try to make this as short as possible, while including as much information as I can. I apologize in advance for any grammar mistakes or typos; I am in a hurry to get this submitted for an answer.
I have a two year old son that has always been in my custody but CPS is involved. I have done everything and more CPS has asked of me, but the father has not. Because of this, in order to close the case, CPS is requiring me to file and gain sole legal custody because they don’t trust that he will try to take my son and not give him back. - My question is; can CPS make me take the fathers custody from him? Can CPS take my son from me if I refuse to file for sole legal custody? (They are eager to close my case)
The father and I were never married, but were living together during my pregnancy and had a relationship of 4 years prior to the birth of our son. He signed the birth certificate and he is the father. I have to establish paternity within the court. - Isn’t him on the birth cert. already enough to prove if he is the father?
Also if I must file for this, I can not afford an attorney for I am unemployed and don’t receive any income other than food stamps. - Where can I find FREE legal help to look over my packets to make sure I have filled them out correctly?
That’s all that I can think of right now, I sure thought I had more to ask, I will submit another question if anything comes to mind. Thank you.
(I reside in Tucson, AZ)