My ex-boyfriend and I broke up in 2009, and have a 6-year-old daughter together. For the last three and a half years we have had an informal schedule that we have been adhering to; however, now he wants our daughter full-time, which is concerning since he lives out of state. He gave me a packet with some legal documents and a letter from his attorney and I'm wondering what I need to do now and what my options are.
--Do not sign anything prior to having an attorney review (good advice if you are presented with any legal document) --A preliminary question -- make sure case was filed in ND --Packet contained S&C, AOS, and proposed PP --Already signed AOS (simply admission she received S&C) --Signed AOS starts clock running
What does that mean exactly? --Specified number of days to respond to Complaint --Contacted me within a couple days of signing --Didn't sign parenting plan (main issue)
It does sound as though her main concern is her ex wanting their daughter full-time. --Correct, but need more details prior to giving specific advice What kind of information would you want? --See the proposed plan --C.S. --Determine what their schedule has been --In this situation the mom indicated she had child the majority of the time and dad one or two weekends a month --Because of this there's some concern as to why an action is being filed now --Sometimes a life event triggers the action (anything from mom getting a new boyfriend to social services involvement)-- although sometimes it's simply one or both parents would like to have an enforceable plan in place (which is always a good idea) --No significant changes in recent months
Why is that information important? --Helps me determine if dad has a case --Again in this situation the dad only been seeing the child a couple weekends a month so it doesn't seem, with the facts given, that there's much of a case for dad being awarded primary residential responsibility. --This indicates that it may be possible for the parties to reach an agreement during the required mediation, or possibly even prior to mediation.
So what is the next step? --Needs to retain attorney as soon as possible since time is running to file answer --File answer to complaint --Contact the other attorney regarding possible settlement (if feasible) --Once case is filed it will be referred to mediation (mentioned briefly) --Required in civil cases such as this where residential responsibility is at issue --The hope is always that the parties can reach an agreement that they are both satisfied with, which in this case seems likely
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