My ex & I have 2 kids in common. She is in a new relationship with a criminal. Can I put a restraining order to protect my kids?

Asked 7 months ago - Long Beach, CA

My ex committed adultery which led to our separation. She cheated on me with another female. They now live together and I'm fighting for custody. Her partner has a long criminal record which include drugs, and child neglect ( for her own kids). Do I have enough grounds to obtain a restraining order for my kids ? I'm concerned for their safety. She was charged with child endangerment and neglect. If I obtain her criminal record, can that be enough evidence to obtain the restraining order?

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  1. Stephen Ross Cohen

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    Answered . That would depend on the facts and how long ago it happened. But it is a good start, but having an attorney by your side might make it happen as many judges now do not listen to well to pro per litigants especially if they get to emotional. The attorney can play the bad cop while you play the good cop. I would recommend hiring experienced counsel.

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  2. Brandon Michael Sua

    Contributor Level 8

    Answered . A judge, when determining custody issues, will consider the Health, Safety, and General Welfare of the child. The restraining order may be issued if a judge is convinced that the child is unsafe in the presence of the female. Sounds like you have a great shot. Are the negative things you referenced above recent?

  3. Somita Basu

    Contributor Level 8

    Answered . The environment in which the children will live is important in determining custody.

    However, you asked about a restraining order. For a restraining order to be granted, the court must have evidence of some sort of harm that the children have suffered. The partner's background could be relevant in this context if the children have been abused in some way. The partner's background alone is not enough for you to obtain a domestic violence restraining order.

    If you have further questions, see an attorney or go to a legal aid organization if you can't afford one. Good luck!

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