Greetings. You have a custody and child support case. You do not have a divorce case though (equitable distribution and alimony), as you were never married. Thank you.
Janet L. Fritts
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Hi. I’m not married however i live with my partner to whom i was once engaged to, who I bought a house with and who i had a child with 3 months ago. We have decided to end the relationship and we have a mediation appt. scheduled for the end of this month to go over custody, child support, and community property, however before the meeting i have some questions on if i have a case or not and if so if i should still go to mediation.
When we met he was not a u.s. citizen and was here for over a year on an expired visa that his work had not renewed. In April 2006 (during my pregnancy) his work finally renewed his work visa and since then our relationship has spiraled. In June of 2006 he received a letter from gov’t that he won the ‘greencard lottery’ and flew to isreal to obtain his greencard which he just got last month. I feel as if i were used as a possible option(marriage) for a way for him to obtain citizenship. Now i am in a position of being a single mom, and have to sell the house as i can not afford it on my own, even with child support (most of which will be going towards daycare). We plan on selling the house only so he can purchase another one in same price range and does not care where his daughter and I will live. I’d like to keep the house if i can (mortgage in my name, title in both our names), get more child support than the allotted NC amount, and have full custody of my daughter. He is willing to give over full custody(not willing to give up parental rights) and not willing to pay more than he’d have to. Also he is job hunting now that he has his greencard as he is approx.20k underpaid in his field, however is not going to accept an offer until after we determine child support.
DO i have any sort of case here? Please advise, thanks.