What are the chances I would lose custody if I’m dating a felon?

My boyfriend was charged as an adult, robbery and manslaughter, when he was 16, served his time and is now on parole and in anger management classes to make sure he does better. He would never hurt me or my children and he wasn’t the one to actually commit the murder and he wasn’t aware it would happen.

Asked on June 12, 2012 under Family Law, New York


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

From what you have written with respect to your potential custody battle and the chances of you losing custody of your children simply because you are dating a convicted felon is hard to determine based upon the scant information you have provided.

Typically the court looks at the fitness of the custodial parent that is under attack and the degree the parent associates with people that could be detrimental to the minor children. I suggest that you consult with a family law attorney concerning the issues that you have raised in your inquiry and the issues surrounding the custodial dispute that you have not discussed.

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