I went to court for a temporary hearing in front of a referee. This was the 2nd hearing because my childs father objected. The referee ordered 6 hours of supervised visits for my child's father. She also ordered child support based off of the fathers word instead of statements, etc. She also ordered that I'm not allowed to be at these visits that will be at my house only my mom who is supervising but he can bring a guest. This referee also stated that my baby was too old to exclusively breast feed (which I've been doing since birth 8 months) and if I can't express enough to send whenever he's hungry during visits then I have to give formula to him. Each visit has to be 3 hours except for the 1-2 growth work visits a week. How will I feed my child if she gets hungry during the visit if I can't be there? This being said he hasn't been around our 8 month old since October of last year. They have no relationship or bond yet and he's only been around me since birth. This referee also said the fact that my childs father smokes weed is not a big deal.Can the referee really tell me I can't exclusively breastfeed anymore? What's the normal procedures on introducing an infant to new people?
Referees cannot order anything. Only judges make orders.
The opinion that I express should not be considered to be legal advice that can be relied on. It is based only on the limited amount of information provided rather than doing a thorough review of all of the important information that is required to give accurate legal advice. You should consult with an attorney that has extensive background in the area of the law that your are inquiring about.
The referee can make recommendations. If neither party files in objection with the judge, the recommendation will be adopted as the order of the court. Based on the facts you have presented, you will want to retain a family law attorney to file an objection with the court and fight the recommendation.
This comment is designed for general information only, and should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship.
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