My son's father has had very little contact with our son his entire life. He rarely visits or calls and has not seen or spoken to him in 5 years. I have always been the primary caretaker for my son. Recently I wanted to apply for a passport and was denied because I need permission from the father. I reached out to him via mail about the passport and even offered him a way to try to get in contact with son via letters. Needless to say my efforts were met with no response. If my son ever needed elective surgery all he has to do is not reply and my son may be unable to receive life saving treatment, and I couldn't live with that, so I put in a petition for sole custody. His father has been in and out of jail frequently over the pass few years as well. I provide all physical, emotional and financial support for my son, but how do I prove that in court? I haven't been keeping receipts or writing down every thing I do for him, I just do it. What if he is granted visitation? I'm not against him seeing him, but I don't want my son traveling to a jail either. I don't mind if they write each other and get to know each other then have visits once he is released from jail. What do I do?
This was already answered. I don't think filing a petition for anything other than being allowed to obtain a passport for the child is a great idea.
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High scoring LSAT test takers had to have written the law that governs family court because everything works backwards. If you waltz in and say that dad avoided the kid, the court will do everything in its power to reunite the father and child. The imperative is not listen to your facts. Facts don't matter in family/divorce court. Policy matters. Policy is to ignore your facts and reunite the father and child. The more the father abuses and ignores the child, the more you are the source of the problem and you are in need of correction.
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