I am a 22yr old man from South Mississippi. My ex girlfriend, Jennifer, and I have a 7 month old daughter, Aubrie. Aubrie has lived with me since she was 2 weeks old. I live next to my parents, so I was able to quit my job to be a stay at home dad. We recently added on to my house so aubrie will have her own room. Jennifer works as a waitress and is constantly putting in 50+ hours every week. We had a system where I would drop Aubrie off at her house on all of her days off, and keep her with me while Jen was at work. We were both happy with this situation. Recently I resumed taking classes in college to finish up my degree. Jen discovered that I met a girl in class and was interested in her. As soon as she heard this she took aubrie from me, and says she will not let aubrie stay at my house as long as I am dating other women. She says she doesnt want "her daughter" to see me dating, and I can only see aubrie if I go to her house and see her there. Aubrie has stayed with different babysitters every day since Jen took her from me. Jennifer has not been the best mother, and I am concerned about her ability to raise her. My friends and family are encouraging me to try to get full custody of my daughter. Jennifer doesnt have a drivers license, or a car. She works as a waffle house cook, and her job requires her to work overtime every week. She is totally dependant on her friends and relatives to bring her to run her errands.
On top of it all, she has a staph infection that she refuses to get treated, and it makes her have blisters all over her arms and legs.
I am afraid to fight for full custody because I dont have a job (My parents support me while I go to school), because I'm the father (I've heard courts side with the mother), and because I would still like Aubrie to grow up having a relationship with her mother.
What should I do?!