My name is ***** ***** I'd be happy to answer your questions today. I'm sorry to hear about your situation.
You have the ability to go to court to get an order granting you sole custody
, which means that you will also get child support to help cover all of the child's needs, both now and in the future.
Usually, when one parent has sole custody, the court order lays out times the other parent MAY visit. You should know that the judge won't force a parent to see a child if they don't want to. So, the order will prevent the father from dropping by outside the stated hours, but it doesn't require that he appear during those hours. This is because it's generally believed that a child won't benefit at all from spending time with a parent who's there under protest. But you can at last narrow the hours where the father is allowed to arrive (and get the money your child is entitled to - some parents are more likely to exercise visitation to spend time with a child they're paying for).
This packet has forms and instructions for you. The case is filed in the county where the child lives.
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