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I am moving in with my boyfriend of a year this weekend.

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Hello. I am moving...

Hello. I am moving in with my boyfriend of a year this weekend. He's been trying to settle a dissolution with his wife for a year and a half. His house is currently in his name only. She is now planning to file for divorce and wants to use me moving in with him as leverage to get full custody of her kids. Is this something she can do?

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any papers in family court?

I am divorced. It is my boyfriend who is still currently married. They haven't even signed a separation agreement yet. It's been a year and a half.

Lawyer's Assistant: Family law varies by state. What state are you in?

OHio

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

No, I just want to be sure that me moving in with him isn't going to have a negative impact on his custody/parenting agreement

Submitted: 3 months ago.Category: Family Law
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Family Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 3 months ago
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Hello! I am a licensed attorney, admitted to practice in state and federal court. I have a nearly 100% satisfaction rating (click here for more info) so all that means is that you can count on me to help today. Because I want to provide you with the most accurate answer possible, do you mind if I take a moment to review your question?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
thank you.
Family Lawyer: Legal Eagle, Lawyer replied 3 months ago

Thanks for your patience.

It is critical to understand that the courts are bound to look at what is in the best interests of the child above all else. This means they will look into who and how the child’s health, education, welfare, and safety are best going to be served. Sometimes, this can be inconvenient for one parent, but because the kids cannot protect themselves, the court takes it upon itself to protect them. The bright side is that if you understand this in advance, then you will have an edge when you are dealing with the other side because you’ll be seeing this process through the court’s eyes.

So, only if you are a drug user, suspected abuser, sexual predator, or otherwise would be a threat to the children, an order for full custody is unlikely. It is more probable she is trying to just use you as leverage to gain custody of the kids, but it's not about her, but the kids that matter.

Because I value your input, I would like to know whether you have any other questions for me today that I could help you with?

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Ok thank you
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You bet!

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