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I believe he changed his mind because I got engaged and am now living with my Fiance' and he is trying to be difficult. I also forgot to mention he has been out of the country for over a month now and hasn't called to speak with her or ask how she is doing at all.
Thank you for your follow-up, Jennie.Ah, yes, that would likely do it. Jealousy is a powerful agent.Now, to answer your question directly:Is there any chance he can get shared custody? Absolutely, there is always a chance. Unless he is somehow 'unfit' as a parent (meaning he has a history of factors such as a history of abuse or neglect, domestic violence, drug use, alcohol abuse, history of mental illness or criminality, or moral turpitude), the courts do tend to favor joint custodial relationships so as to best benefit the child. The courts generally consider that it is in the best interest of the child to know both parents and have a healthy relationship with both of them.But please notice I said 'healthy'. You stated that the other parent is not available and does not contact the child. If that is true, that goes toward neglect and can be brought up in court. Similarly threats against you could indirectly cause you to claim that he is dangerous or that he has a history of having a temper. At the same time he can bring up your mental concerns and try to insinuate that you are potentially unfit. So yes, there is a chance he can prevail although I doubt very much he would obtain 50/50 rights, but he could push for greater rights than he initially agreed upon.Good luck.