What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? FL
I'll try and make this brief and to the point but with as much detail as possible.
I have an emergency hearing for custody in 3 days. I filed my original paperwork almost 20 days ago pro se and then decided that I needed to preserve my daughters safety and well being at all cost(s) and hired an attorney and he's file emergency paperwork, ETC and we finally got her served.
I'm curious how these things typically go. Yes, my attorney will be telling me. But I also know he's going to tell me what he thinks I NEED to hear and what not. I'd rather have people who have been there or even deal with it on a daily basis.
Also, we are unmarried and my name is not on the BC (due to my stupidity not knowing I had to sign it, I thought she did everything**************.once again STUPIDITY). daughter is about 13 mths
My grounds for requesting Temp custody are as follows:
GF left over a month ago without for warning. Stated she was moving up north and did so.
She has since returned to FL and moved in with an old friend which she is now dating and living with. My daughter has been with her every step of the way. Both of them have criminal backgrounds. He even is still married and has a child himself. I have no history or anything. There has been no DV issues or anything else. My ex has a history of living with men (and marrying them) that are alcoholics, drug users and individuals that have commited acts of DV against her. The place she moved was about 200 miles away, but originally when she left she moved 1200 miles away.
I've lived in the same home for years, she lived here for almost 2 years herself with our child. I will not lie or abuse the system, but I need to know how to present things to ensure that I recieve temporary custody. I feel that she does not have my child best interest in mind. She's enguaging in a new relationship already while living with him and my child. He's NOT a good person in any sense of the word. She has no job, no vehicle, no money, no skill set, nothing 'going for her'. I should also note that he too has no education or employment. The vehicle that he does own isn't even registered to be driven on FL roads yet he does it anyways.
Can anyone help and give me input and/or words of wisdom before I walk into court? I really love and miss my daughter and in alot of ways still love my ex in spite of all of this, which is why I held off for almost 3 weeks before going head on with all of this. She won't even respond to emails let alone allow me any visitation. I missed my daughters 1st birthday and christmas as well as new years. I'm at my wits end.
Input is appreciated.