His father and I were never married but we do currently have a final order. This order states that he gets standard visitation, however he went over 18 months, not taking any visits or making any attempt at communication. This past summer he popped up and I tried to work with him on getting to know our son before he resumed regular visits because he was a stranger as far as our son knew. However, after just a couple of week he disappeared again for a few months and popped up again. Once more I resumed working with him on getting to know our son before taking him for his standard visits, and once more he disappeared. He now sees our son occasionally when his family, who has always kept contact with our son, has him for the day or night. My son’s father has a history of domestic violence, even to me when I was first pregnant, drug abuse, and suspected mental instability. He claims to have been in and out of rehab and counseling. He is now threatening to take me to court to enforce the current court order or to become the custodial parent, which I know he has complete right to, and I am seeking legal representation or advice on how to proceed to protect my son’s best interest. I believe that he would be in a dangerous or compromising permission if left unattended with his father at this point. I do not wish to remove his rights at all! I want my son to have his father, but I need in done in the right way to protect my son’s well-being and developmental progress. Every time my son’s father disappeared in the past, my son struggled with developmental regression issues, and I do not wish for that to happen anymore.
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