What can I do if my husband abadons my children? 10 Answers as of July 12, 2013My boyfriend moved me and our children to Florida from Indiana while I was pregnant. Then he left to move to Maryland while I was 8 months pregnant and now he is trying to file for custody of my new born and other children. Can he get custody and what are other options since he left the state and left me here with now way to support me or the kids?
Vermeulen Law office P.A. | Cynthia J.Vermeulen
I do not practice law in the states of Florida or Maryland. If your husband has started an action in Maryland, you should contact an attorney in that state to discuss your rights. If he has not started the court action, you may have the option of starting a divorce case in Florida. Consult with an attorney in your area for advice immediately.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
Your question doesn't make it clear whether you have both a husband and a boyfriend, so it isn't clear who is trying to do something. Nor is it clear whether he is trying to do it in Maryland or Florida. But, basically it doesn't appear that anything can be done in Maryland because you and the children are not living there and apparently never did live there. If you have lived in Florida for more than 6 months and there has never been any kind of custody case affecting the children somewhere else, custody decisions can only be made in Florida. If it has been less than 6 months since you left Indiana, Indiana courts are where any new custody decision needs to be made. If you want to obtain child support, your options are to wait until he starts a legal case in Florida or go to your local child support enforcement office to have them start a child support action that will have to be transferred to Maryland. The question is not whether he "can get custody" because if he is the father he clearly "can". The real question is "will he succeed" if he actually goes to court somewhere and the answer to that is totally based on what is in the children's best interest. Only an attorney with the opportunity to evaluate all the relevant facts can give you some estimate of what might happen in a court.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
Custody decisions are made by a court based on what a court deems to be in the child's best interests. Certainly issues of residential a stability and past history of parenting can play a critical role in any court's decisions. Often the result depends on how well you prepare and present your case.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Law Office of Robert L. Fiedler | Robert L Fiedler
I can tell you that there is a lot more to a custody case than where the children currently live and where the father has moved to. I would consult with an attorney in your state and see what might be involved.
Answer Applies to: Connecticut
Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
You need to retain a divorce attorney, in your state, or to answer the complaint, if one has been filed, in the state of filing. You have a number of important issues related to your children, and I am confident that there must be additional issues for which you need a good experienced family law lawyer. Hire a divorce lawyer ASAP! Good luck!
Answer Applies to: Georgia