My wife and I split up, and I have a friend who I am becoming interested in but she is a convicted felon. She had met my daughter's before my wife and I had split but now that I am considering dating this woman I am curious as to if it is going to affect custody if I date this woman who is a felon. She did 5 years for armed robbery after turning herself in. She now has her own place, has gotten sober and has been working at a decent job.
If your custody is already established by an order, simply beginning a new relationship is likely not enough to disturb it. If the children's mother feels that her children are in danger, she could petition the court, but so long as you take appropriate and reasonable actions (making sure there are no weapons in the home or at least if there are, locked up appropriately, for example) it isn't going to dismantle your custody arrangement. I suggest having an honest conversation about it with the mother, that way it will not feel like she has ammunition to use against you and you can see if there are any reasonable concerns she might have you can address.
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While I agree with Ms. Wolfram, I am still left with a dire concern about who is more important to you: This potential girlfriend or your daughter? If this possible girlfriend spent 5 years in prison for armed robbery, it was likely not her first offense. She probably had other previous charges. It is admirable that she turned herself in, but whether she is really and truly "reformed" is questionable. Also, she apparently had a drinking problem, and anyone who was once a drunk is one sip away from relapsing. Finally, she was consorting with criminals before, and is likely to return to her old friends and old haunts. Any decent parent chooses their children over new girlfriends and wives. If you fail to make that choice, you are just asking for trouble. With all of the fish in the sea, why pick one that is damaged goods? Do you have that little self-esteem that you would forsake others to date an ex-con? If the answer is yes, you need professional help. Sorry for my bluntness but you asked the question and that is my answer.
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