Sole custody of children

My sister is seeking sole custody of three small children from an alcoholic husband. They have been separated for 6 months. He is also trying to get sole custody only to exert control over my sister. He is unfit as a parent often disappearing for days on alcohol binges. The lawyer of the kids seems to leaning toward him for full custody soley bc he has a job and my sister does not. He is a man that has displayed physical and mental abuse towards my sister, whats from stopping him to doing this with the kids. He is a very good liar and manipulative person, and if you don't know his history you can easily fall prey to his lies. What can my sister do? She is scared she will lose her children to this man. As a family member what can I do?

Brandon, FL -

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Betty Elaine Jones

Betty Elaine Jones

Family Law Attorney - Brandon, FL
Answered

Your sister needs to hire an attorney. Family members need to help her with the money for a retainer. It is very hard to get sole custody. Florida does not even call it custody any more the parents have what is called a Parenting Plan that delineates what time the children are with which parent. Florida courts have been leaning more toward about 50/50 with regards to parenting time. Your sister will have to prove that the father is unfit to have normal standard parenting time with the children. That will require a lot of work. She really needs to hire an attorney. Good luck to her.

Sincerely,
B. Elaine Jones, Esq.
813-681-8383

Elliot Jay Goldstein

Elliot Jay Goldstein

Divorce / Separation Lawyer - Tarpon Springs, FL
Answered

She should confer with an attorney. While your intentions are no doubt well intended, she should be making all inquires.

Tami Lane Augen

Tami Lane Augen

Child Custody Lawyer - West Palm Beach, FL
Answered

I agree with my colleagues. If the children have an attorney ad litem or a guardian ad litem that is "leaning toward" the father, then your sister may have a real problem and you may not be privy to all of the information that the guardian ad litem or attorney ad litem is able to ascertain. I would strongly suggest that your sister obtain the best family law attorney that she can afford to represent her in this case. Best of luck.

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John Arthur Smitten

John Arthur Smitten

Family Law Attorney - Clearwater, FL
Answered

If the ex has a lawyer then for sure she needs a lawyer to help her.

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