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My ex is in prison for 25 to life. I have asked for sole legal and physical custody of the children because of his actions that

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Led him to go to prison. He states that I should not have sole custody of the children because it would be deterimental to the children and the child support has not been established however it was at our divorce. My question is how do I force the issue that he has to turn sole legal and physical custody over to me?

We do have a hearing set up for Feb 26th. He is in prison and can have no contact with children under the age of 18. Our original divorce decree did not give custody to him because of proceedings at the time. He is the father of all 5 children and we were married for 13 years. I am afraid that if he gets out of prison before the children turn 18 it could be harmful to the children because of elements I rather not go into. I am just wondering how to get a court to grant sole custody due to the fact that the best interest of the children would not be having him have any access to them.

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  1. Do you have a court order granting you sole physical and legal custody? If not, you do need to get into court and ask for sole physical and legal custody of the children given that he is in prison for 25 years to life. I suggest you speak with a local family law attorney to discuss your options. Best of luck.

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  2. Without knowing the present status of his legal relationship to the children, it is not possible to answer your question. It is one situation if you were married and now divorced, and quite another if not. It may well matter whether his paternity was established and whether any parental rights have been decreed. For the precise advice you need, contact a local experienced family law practitioner.

    Best wishes for an outcome you can accept, and please remember to designate a best answer.

    This answer is offered as a public service for general information only and may not be relied upon as legal advice.

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