Question is this: The father simply walked away and left his family and then a few months later without notice or any known cause filed for divorce
. During the marriage
of 9 years instances of domestic abuse
occured by the father. On at least one instance the police were called to the scene. Two years ago one of the abuses by the father resulted in a broken foot on the mother. There were healing difficulties and a rebreak leaving the mother unemployable for the past two years. Some alcohol abuse has been involved during the entire span of the marriage. The divorce was not contested and the court left custody with the mother. Comfortable, above average housing with the widowed mother of the mother that is close to the child's school has been in use the past 3 years (?). The father pays $450 per mo. for child support
. Since the divorce, the father has married the woman that he was seeing at the time he "walked away" and has been seemingly satisfied with alternating weekend visitation
rights. With the most recent dui in view the mother elected to volontairly attend alcohol rehab starting at "Maggie's House" for appraisal, then to Nexus if deemed necessary. The Grandmother, in whose house the mother and daughter have called home for 3 years, is taking care of the daily childcare of to and from school, homework, meals, etc. and also has two other adults on standby should they be needed during this time of absence of the mother. Only two days of the mother's absence in rehab, the father decided to physically take his daughter from her home domicile and keep her in his own care stating he was the alternate custodian of the child. As of Friday he obtained a restraining order
which disallows any contact with the daughter by her mother, grandmother, sisters or aunt who normally see her day to day. He has filed for full custody of the daughter on the grounds of her mother being unfit to attend her raising. A family court hearing date has already been set for May 12th in Dallas county court (how obtained so quickly?). Does the father have a strong case to take over the daughters life activities and shut out her mother, grandparents, etc.??