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My sons father is a paranoid schizophrenic can he get any kind of custody

Danville, IL |

I was never in a relationship with him and my son was a sunrise. His father had asked me to get an abortion which I dont believe in and now after almost four years he wants to come back into his life, but I am concerned about him having alot of contact with him....and I don't want him to have any custody because his disorder is not under control. He also lives with his mother whom I have never met and I am afraid that she might try and get some kind of visitation with him. What are my options and what can I do

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  1. I am sorry you are going through this. As long as he is considered dangerous to himself or others probably not, but if he is on medication and can prove to the court that he can be careful he may recieve visitation under conditions. You may want to retain an attorney to begin assembling your evidence against him if you don't want him to have any contact. I wish you all the best and I hope that things work out, take care.

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  2. You should act immediately if you feel your children are in danger. You can petition the court to eliminate or restrict his visitation. many counties have sites for professionally supervised visitation. The court will most likely appoint a Guardian Ad litem or an attorney for the children who will listen to your concerns, conduct a thorough investigation and make a recommendation to the court.


  3. All issues regarding custody and visitation are determined by what is in the best interests of the child.
    Based on the few facts you have provided, I would imagine that you, as the parent that has been with the child since birth, would be the logical parent to have custody.

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