My fiancee has screen-shots from yesterday where the mother of my child admitted to being abusive to her boyfriend and saying she was abusive. I know that she hits but I am now afraid she could, if she hasn't already, hit my 19 month old. There is no custody set but I am the legal father and I am on her birth certificate. We are trying to save up money for a lawyer but I feel like we are running out of time, that the situation at her mother's house keeps getting worse. First she has been getting lice for over a month from there and now this, plus the child coming to us dirty. If we call CPS then she will know it was us and won't let us see the baby anymore. What can I do? I don't apply for free legal aid because my gross income is too high, but I have child support, and all my bills from my car bill to health insurance and rent. I can't afford a lawyer. What do I do??
Search around. Lawyers take payments as a general rule. Talk to someone over the phone. It can be done.
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You need to document that there are these incidents of lice. If you don't call child services, take the child to a doctor. If the child is neglected or abused, a health care provider will report it and at least keep medical records for documentation. You should contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
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