Left NC with my 2 children, moved in with sister & family; attorney filed for child custody that same day. Ex-boyfriend filed for emergency ex-parte & was granted. March 7 was the court date. Both attorney's came up with an agreement (one which my attorney wrote up). I was not given good legal advice (actually none at all) as to what I was signing and what it meant in the long run. So I signed the agreement only to find out later what it meant. joint custody, children stay with me but have week visitation with father once a month. I am to do all the traveling back & forth without any monetary help from the dad. I have no job, no source of income, no car and no place to stay for the week. In summer, it reverses, but I still travel. Everyone agrees this is not good for the children.The children's ages : 5 (male) & 3 (female), the older child is in kindergarten. Both attorney's feel it is not important and has no affect to it being in his best interest to be pulled out for a week each month and missing school each time.
It is difficult to overturn an agreement, but if you want to do it, there is generally a very short time period to file an appeal. You should discuss this with your lawyer. Also, there should be a child support order, and you should not be in a circumstance where there is "no source of income." You should apply to the Department of Social Services to get public assistance. DSS generally will go after the father for support.
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