We currently share 50/50 custody but this arrangement has never really worked. The Father has made some very poor choices for our son including giving him beer at 3 years old, forgetting his epipen on numerous occasions, feeding him almonds when he has a peanut allergy, failing to apply topical cream when required. I've been respon. for all dr./specialist/dentist etc apts and pay for all prescriptions. I also fill out all school paperwork. My son is confused b/c our parenting styles are so different. Despite mediation/counselling requests the Father will not communicate with me. We are now going to court to modify. I am engaged with a stable income and a huge network of support. My son now has a half-sister he adores. What are my chances. Honestly.
Child Support Lawyer
Predictions are tough in family law. What I can say is that the adjudication process of a 610 petition (A modification of custody) is even more difficult than an initial custody proceeding - especially in Cook County.
If money is tight, contact legal aid for assistance. Otherwise I would highly recommend retaining an attorney. Your case will live and die on how well you conduct discovery, along with any recommendations from the Child Rep/GAL and/or 604b evaluator. In many cases, the pretrial is the "make or break" for most disputes, and you'll want your ducks lined up in advance.
Again, it is an amazingly complicated process. Talk to an attorney in your area for specific guidance. Best of luck.
Family Law Attorney
Honestly? Not terrific. Your specific case definitely shows that he is not parenting in the right manner that he should be, but absent some actual uncontroverted evidence showing that he gave him a beer (besides a he said she said situation), coming back in to change custody is not easy. Be prepared for a long expensive battle. I'm not telling you it can't be done, but be prepared for big-time fight. And also know that if you have no evidence, your word is not good enough, unfortunately.
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