I'm looking for a day shift job so I can be home with my daughter during the nights. I have a job currently but it's night shift and it's from 10 pm to 7 am five days a week. My usual days of are Tuesday and Wednesday . I'm on maternity leave with only two weeks left till it ends. My problem is if I stay on nights I stand a chance of losing physical. But with a new job comes a risk of being let go within a week or so. I'm a breast feeding mother who lives with her boyfriend who also works nights. My child's father is a day shifter and works about forty hours to. He shares a room with his eleven year old daughter. Could he get physical of my daughter. The apartment I'm in is in my name so it's not like I moved in with my boyfriend and I've held it for over a year now.
With all due respect, you are asking many questions here on Avvo. By my count this is question number 5 or 6. You have so many questions and issues right now. I understand this and don't blame you at all. However, this forum is in no way set up to walk you through your case step by step. Also, lawyers ethically should not speculate and publish their speculations. As you and your boyfriend both work, can't you try to find a lawyer that would be willing to work with you on this? Having a lawyer is really the only way that you are going to be able to put your best effort into this.
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1. Original custody determinations are base on what is in a child's best interest.
2. The factors the court considers in determining best interest are listed in Official Code of Ga Annotated 19-9-3.
3. It might concern the court that the father of your child sleeps in the same room with his 11 year old daughter.
4. It will likely (should) concern the court that you are not able to be at home with your newborn at night. Ii you can change your schedule, you might think about doing so. if you cannot, have a plan for someone responsible to watch your child while you're working.
5. Talk to an attorney about filing an action for paternity and support. If you cannot afford an attorney, google DHS' Division of Child Support Services.
6. Speak to an attorney about the implications of your boyfriend filing a petition for legitimation and custody. You need to understand the difference in legal custody, physical custody, and the kind of parenting time that would be appropriate in your situation. You need to be thinking about a parenting plan.
7. If would be wise to meet with a child specialist / therapist / developmental expert about the kind of custody and parenting time schedule / arrangement that would inure to the benefit of your newborn.
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