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Mother needs help filling out her paperwork for child custody


Your Question:
I'M LOOKING FOR HELP IN FILLING OUT FORMS FOR THE PATERNITY PACKET FOR NOT MARRIED PARENTS. IM TRYING TO GET CUSTODY/VISTATION FOR MY 8YR DAUGHTER THE FATHER AND I HAD A AGREEMENT THAT WORKED FINE UNTILL HE AND MY BEST FRIEND BROKE UP LAST YEAR.NOW HE WONT LET ME HAVE ANY RELATIONSHIP OR CONTACT WITH HER HE IS VERBELY ABUSE TO ME AND TELLS ARE CHILD THAT I DO BAD THINGS AND THAT I DO NOT LOVE HER. I CAN NOT AFORD A LEGAL HELP SO IM DOING IT MYSELF BUT ITS TAKEING A VERY LONG TIME AND IM NOT SURE IF IM DOING IT RIGHT. PLEASE CAN YOU HELP

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My Answer:
Hi,

Unfortunately, it's a big disadvantage when a party can't afford an attorney. It can take years for laypeople to learn how to fill out forms correctly, or to even know which form to fill out.

Courts often have Family Law Help Centers or Family Law Information Centers that are there specifically to help people select the right form and fill it out properly. The disclaimers I've seen is that such help desks don't give legal advice, but are rather there to support you on some of the technical aspects involved.

Call the courthouse that has handled your case. If no court has ever handled your case, you can call the courthouse located closest to the child, and tell them that you need help with filing child custody papers for the first time. They should give you some guidance from there.

Good luck.

Eric





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