What do I do to gain shared custody of my now 13-year-old child? I do not have a current job (due to a medical problem), and I am living in my parents’ house. I’m on a methadone program too.
You would likely:
need to show 1) that you are, despite your circumstances (and they are pretty dire, if you didn’t know that yourself), a parent who is fit to have shared custody of your children; and 2) that shared custody of your children is in their best interest.
need to show 1) that you have remedied your shortcomings by a) holding employment and being self-supporting, b) having your own stable, permanent residence that is clean and safe and has room for the child, c) being either drug-free or demonstrating that your drug addiction is under control and not likely to recur; and 2) that shared custody of your children is in their best interest.
That’s a tall order, and even if you could do all that, the court may not want to modify child custody in the interest of preventing the child from the “ping-pong” effect of having the custody order change as the parents’ circumstances may change.
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