My daughter's paternal grandmother just filed a petition for a change of custody. In the petition it shows that my daughter's father lives in her household. Paternity and child support was established when my daughter was 6 months old but the father never legitimated her or visited. He is in arrears for more than $15000 and hasn't made a payment since 2008. I took out a warrant on him in 2010 for child abandonment and he has been a fugitive until they arrested him in June of this year. I just learned that he is now being arraigned for it in September. He gets a SSI check for Bipolar disorder so my daughter gets a check for $52/month. He has a very violent criminal history and consistent mental health history. Will the courts allow custody/visitation rights to the grandmother if I contest?
Before June of this year, he has been a fugitive for violation of felony probation and child abandonment. I think that his mother is filing this petition now so that he doesn't have to pay me any child support. I'm scared for my daughter to be around him and his mother. His mother hates me and she has a pattern of trying to turn my daughter against me while around her. She once told my daughter that she was gonna adopt her and change her first and last name. My daughter told DFACS that her paternal teenage uncle shot a round of bullets in her grandmother's house while my daughter was there and DFACS removed her due to safety issues. Will this hold up in court against the grandmother?
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