I live in Carrollton, TX - Denton Co. I am the father of a 10 yr old girl and was awarded primary custody 3 years ago during my divorce
This was due to her mother
's history of alcohol abuse and 2 occurances of mental instability that required restraining orders
during the process of our divorce.
Despite all that incurred: with the help of my lawyer, marriage
facilitators, court appointed social specialists it took quite a bit for me to become the primary conservator. I have geographic restrictioins to LISD, contiguous county residences, etc. It was quite a feat to get custody of Emily emotionally and financially.
Over the last 3 years my ex-wife has seen Emily every other weekend from Thurs Pm through Monday am with an overnight on the alternating Thursday night from 5pm to 8 am.
Although a bumpy road my ex wife i thought had found sobriety and stability until a month ago. My ex mother in law informed me that my ex wife was taken to the emergency room for a "stomach issue". I was spoonfed information while she spent 6 days in the hostpital. Released on a Thursday I was informed she would be spending time in a place to help her gain control of anxiety and depression. Her mother told me "i won't tell you where it is". My ex wife called me to speak to emily after being admitted. I googled the phone number and she is in La Hacienda Treatment center in Hunt TX.
Nothing has been confirmed to me but my ex wife had 2 back surgeries in the last year. I feared she would abuse the pain killers and possibly begin to drink again.
She was laid off this January and did not gain employment until September. I did not receive official child support
. I tried to put my self in her shoes and just let her help with what she could. I typically received $100 a month.
What do I do? I don't know my ex wife has fallen off the wagon again but I do know that if i allow my daughter to be around her, even after treatment, and something happens I am just as neglegent. If i could get communication from them I can make a decision about how visitation
should be or what the procedure is in this case. I have a great lawyer but I don't want to go to court, put my daughter through all this again, etc. I know visitation should be modified. What is best in this case?