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ask: Upcomming Custody Battle

By Miss_kitty
 
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My friend is expecting a baby. He's 20 and the baby's mother is only 17. He would like custody of his child as the mother does not have the time or money to take care of it at the moment. He's going out of town shortly to make better money working for a construction company. He's wondering what kind of custody he could get for child having that job out of town, where he's working 84 hours a week :| thanks.

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Susan Cody HERWriter Guide

Hi Miss_Kitty!

This is a legal issue that will be dealt with in family court. The courts will take many issues into account: the financial health of each parent, their own family support; where they both live and how much time they will be able to spend with the baby, as well as their mental health and the health of the baby.

If the mother chooses to breastfeed, it would be very unusual for her to lose custody or for the child to be taken out of state, unless her actions (drinkings, drugs, negligence) prove otherwise.

They might also want to consider adoption, to an older couple who have the financial and emotional means to offer a good life to the child. Either person may be a wonderful parent to the new baby but if there is a "custody battle" already, with a huge workload and the parents not getting along (and this is all before the baby is born) adoption is something to at least consider.

I wish them the best but this is a question that family court will have to answer.

September 19, 2009 - 5:19am
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