Mother & I have 50/50 (week on/week off) of my 3 year old daughter. We live 3 hours away from each other so that schedule will not work for much longer when she enters school. Judge said to come back when she is close to school age to determine majority. Mother has a studio apt with no room or even bed for daughter, no car, a job that isn't flexible and can't really advance and works late hours until midnight, single, no family in area, & has been asking me to keep my daughter for an extra 2-3 days on her week. I am married, have a 3 bedroom place, enrolled my daughter in extra curriculars, have her in daycare that has vpk, have a car, a strong support system, & a stable job with many opportunities to advance and be flexible.Do I have a chance?How hard will the fight be because I am male
The fact that you are male should not make any difference at all. If mom is already asking you to keep her an extra two or three days and you have been doing so and keeping track of that, that is in your favor. You will be required to go to mediation before going to court in any case, so the best thing would be for you and mom to work out an agreement and then submit the change to the judge for approval - which if you agree it would almost always be approved.
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What you need is an attorney who handles family matters in Bunnell. You should also read the provisions of Florida Statutes 61.13(3). It is a bit hard to find, but it is essential that you know and understand the factors in this statute. Use these factors to show the judge what you believe to be in the best interests of your child.
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Both my peers are exactly right. If you follow their guidance, you will already be one step ahead of everyone else. Good Luck.
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I'd say you have a pretty good dog in this fight. Many judges and mediators are trending towards a focus on healthy co-parenting. Therefore, if there is no good reason for anything buy 50/50, you should get a good advocate that will fight it.
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