First, Hi Everyone!,
My name is Sal and this is the first time here. I am currently going through a custody battle with my 8 month old daughter's father. He left me and moved to Las Vegas when I was 3 months pregnant (I live in Los Angeles) claiming he wanted nothing to do with the baby or me. Once my daughter was born I filed for Child Support, we went to the Child support hearing 7 months later (last month) and now the father is upset on amount he is ordered to pay. He makes good money, has no other children, even made 80 thousand last yr. Now he claims his income has lowered (has only been a month since CS order was implemented and has not been garnished as of yet) and has decided to file for custody and visitations with his main purpose being to lower his CS amount. He is asking for every other weekend overnights out of state (to start immediately), 50/50 custody, for me to pay half the traveling cost + pick up baby from vegas myself, and alternate holidays/bday's. My daughter is 8 months now and he has only seen her 2 times when she was 6 1/2 months then again when she had turned 7 months. Both times I was present and my daughter would cry half the time if left alone with him. I want my daughter to have a father in her life and in no way am i preventing him from forming a relationship with my daughter however I truly believe his intentions are not to benefit her but him. I have tried to be civil and even coming to an agreement where he can take her once baby is comfortable around him alone and adjusted to him, but he refuses to agree stating " no chance i cant afford that ". Whatever that means! (yes it all comes down to CS). Im worried for my daughter's sake. I have hired a lawyer but I am still worried with this being my first time in this situation. Has anybody been through this situation before? What am I looking forward to? What is the most likely end result in my case?Does he have a chance to get granted what he is asking for? Any answer's would be greatly helpful. Thank you guys!!!!!