After doing a modification of my child support order, I was awarded a $400 increase. Well, this made my kids’ father angry; he is so upset that he told me that if I didn't stop the modification or agree to the lesser amount he wants, he will file for joint physical or sole custody of the kids.
I'm not an unfit mom. Can this really happen? He has an attorney who is supposed to be very good, but from my research, he has won the majority of his cases in Criminal Law. He really doesn't specialize in (or win) cases dealing with Family Law. However, I'm still afraid because I'm a full-time student and unemployed and can't afford an attorney right now. The father has never had a visitation order or spent much time with the kids. He's only doing this for retaliation. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!Also, he works Sun-Sat 11am-11pm or later, he's never at home, and when he does get the kids, it’s always once a month or once every two months. He has left them at home alone to go work extra jobs (he's a police officer) and his mechanic has even kept the kids while he works extra jobs at night clubs. Of course, when my son told me this, I was livid. He has no heat in his home, so in the winter months he almost never gets them. He does not practice good parenting skills, and I'm afraid something will happen to my kids in his presence. I don’t want to deny his visits, but he's not involved in their life as much as he should be. Also, he has sleep apnea and is prone to falling asleep. There have been times when he has driven the kids back home and my son reported that he fell asleep at the wheel. He has also fallen asleep while watching the kids, leaving them to go without food for hours. My son has called me on two occasions when they were very hungry and had not eaten.
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