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I adopted my daughter in 2004 and divorced her mother in ...

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I adopted my daughter in 2004 and divorced her mother in 2006. After her divorce settlement she still failed to get employment thus allowed her to stay in my home in 2007 til Jan 2008 when enough was enough. She has applied for child support but what are my options when it comes to custody itself. I hate to pay child support for a child i dont get to see or have any influence over.
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 9 years ago.
Since you adopted the child, you have the same rights as any other parent to custody. You can file for custody of the child, just as she has a right to seek child support from you. Unfortunately, the courts will order you to pay support even when they do not give you custody or visitation. The courts do favor shared/joint custody arrangements based upon the best interest of the child. You will have to go to court and prove that based upon your past relationship with the child it is in the best interest of the child to continue that relationship.

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