The mother of my child lives in GA and I am stationed in CO. She does not let me see my daughter because she dislikes my wife. We currently have a child support case scheduled but I also want visitation rights. I am aware that I can petition the court for visitation, but what should be done in my case where there is a case pending. If I file for visitation will the child support case be consolidated? Do you think I can petition the court and obtain good results or do you think I absolutely need an attorney? I am in the military and understand that I am less unlikely to get custody that is why I am aiming on visitation only. I cannot afford an attorney can you please advise.
I guess my first question would be whether your child support case is here or in Georgia. If it is in Georgia, I cannot give you any advice as I do not know Georgia law. if the case is in Colorado, however, you can file a Motion to Modify Parenting Time, which would be heard with the child support motion. You can only file the motion to modify so long as a motion had not been filed in the last two years. You can also file a motion to modify at any time after the entry of the first deree and so long as it is the first time you are filing a motion to modify parenting time, whether it is 10 days after entry or 2 years. So you can file and both motions would be heard together at the same time by the court.
I can't say you will not need an attorney. Both issues may require an attorney but I cannot say with the limited information. You should not need an attorney to file the paperwork and go to mediation (which the court will require). If you cannot come to an agreement at mediation and proceed to hearing, you may need an attorney but I really can't say one way or another.
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