I attempted suicide and was in the hospital for 11 days. I'm on medication and I see a therapist once a week. Cps got involved and said that I was to have supervised visits with my children for a temporary period. They are fixing to lift the order and now my ex is taking me to court for custody. He hasn't wanted much to do with them for the past two and half years since we split back in January 2010. I know that I have alot of work to do on myself, but how likely is he to get custody of the kids? I want it to be 50/50, or have them stay with him and me do visitation on a temporary basis. Is this possible???
You've definitely got an uphill battle ahead of you.
You can likely expect that he will have custody (unless there is something that renders him unfit, like abuse or drug issues) with you having visitation that stair steps from supervised to limited to more expanded, etc.
Regardless of the circumstances of your reasoning behind your attempt, the state and any Judge is going to view this in a very serious light regarding your children. Your best bet is to maintain contact, do whatever counseling/therapy is recommended and follow any doctor's orders on your way to full recovery.
He's fairly likely to have temporary custody of them while you are focusing on the healing you need. Both he and the courts are going to want to be reasonably sure that you are in a place where you can care for your children with out them being exposed issues that you are working through or dealing with.
I wish you all the best and I encourage you to continue to seek contact and custody of your children, but I also encourage you to use this time that you will have without them to focus on the work you need to do on yourself, and to realize that sometime for yourself may be the best thing you can do for your kids other than reminding them that you love them. I also strongly suggest hiring an attorney who can alleviate some of the stress this legal proceeding will bring to you.
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