What to do if the father of my 3 years old just served me with an expedited hearing for temporary custody?

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What to do if the father of my 3 years old just served me with an expedited hearing for temporary custody?

My daughter and I just moved in with my mom, that is his “grounds.” That I do not have my “own place,” or a job (I am going to school more than full-time and just graduated from CNA school). I have been in outpatient treatment for 3 months, and he is using this as well to try and gain temporary custody. He has a law degree and is really scaring me. Is there any way this could go in his favor? I am a great mom. Yes I have had my problems but who hasn’t? I love my daughter more than anything in this world. I am terrified.

Asked on December 23, 2012 under Family Law, Indiana

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Given the fact that you have been just served with an expedited petition for temporary custody of your child by the other parent I suggest that you immediately consult with a family law attorney for help in opposing the petition. If you cannot afford an attorney, then you need to consult with your local legal aid clinic for help.


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