Hello, I''m about to file for child support and my child is 13 years of age now. My concern at the moment is, if I do file for support will my ex try to file for custody of my child out of spite and can he actually do it? That was one of the main reason why I never tried to file, I didn''t want my child to go through a nasty custoday battle and I couldn''t financially go through one either. He hasn''t had a relationship with his child in many years nor provided any finanical support. Please if anyone has any advice, it would be greatly appreciated.
You can''t stop him from trying to get custody. Having not had anything to do with the child for years, the deck is stacked against him. In addition, you don''t really think this would be the first time that the court has seen a father abandon a child and then suddenly want to be the custodial parent when child support comes up. It doesn''t look good. However, without knowing all the facts and circumstances of your situation and each of your relationships with the child, there is no way even to begin to guess at an outcome. Even with all the facts, anything an attorney could say about the outcome would still be an educated guess. If the parents cannot agree, then the judge will do what he or she THINKS is in the ''best interests of the minor