Bonnie's Question: My soon-to-be ex kicked me out of our apartment and wouldn't allow me to take our 6 month old son. I left my son with him, but have gone to visit my son on a daily basis. Now I am being told my ex can use "abandonment" against me to get custody of our son. What can I do? I do not want to lose custody of my son, but cannot stay in the apartment.

Brette: You can file for custody immediately and explain what happened and that you were the primary caretaker until then.

※ How do we handle custody issues while we're separated?
Lindsey's Question: I've decided to leave and am trying to get 'all my ducks in a row'. I want to retain full legal custody of the children and move back to my home town. I want him to have visitation and I don't even want child support. What options do I have? I want to get something in writing, since I'm not able to pay for a divorce as of yet.

Brette's Answer: In situations like this, having an agreement that can be enforced is best. You can file for an order of custody and visitation in family court. If you're both in agreement you can file a stipulation that says what you've agreed to.
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