Child Custody

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Question: I have a 6 month old child with a guy I used to date. We were never married. I want to know can I get full custody of our daughter. He is on the birth certificate and the notarized paternity papers. He is very unstable. He has abused me. He has been threatening me because I won't allow him to see her. I'm actually really scared. He keeps saying he wants nothing to do with her, she's not his, she can die. A bunch of hurtful things. The maybe a couple hours later he may say he's sorry and didn't mean it.But this has been ongoing for the month. He is always back and forth with his comments.

Answer: To file for custody, you should go to the superior court in your county, they may have a self service desk where the paperwork can be found.  https://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/SuperiorCourt/Self-ServiceCenter/Forms/FamilyCourt/Index.asp

 The Arizona Coalition on Domestic Violence can also help you if you are in a violent situation and need assistance.  You can call them at 800-799-SAFE (7223) for information and help. 

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  • I have a 6 month old child with a guy I used to date. We were never married. I want to know can I get full custody of our daughter. He is on the birth certificate and the notarized paternity papers. He is very unstable. He has abused me. He has been threatening me because I won't allow him to see her. I'm actually really scared. He keeps saying he wants nothing to do with her, she's not his, she can die. A bunch of hurtful things. The maybe a couple hours later he may say he's sorry and didn't mean it.But this has been ongoing for the month. He is always back and forth with his comments.

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