Q: I am 23 years old and I have a 14 month old child. My child’s father lives in Buffalo, NY. Due to their own personal disliking of the father, my family keeps the baby from him. I know it’s my ultimate decision on what to do with my child but because I’m “a kid and a new time mom who don’t know what she’s doing” my family make it their business to control everything as if it was their kid and by any means necessary prevents the baby from going outside. Me and my child’s father are on the same page with visitation but just my family is the problem. He’s pays child support. I wanted to know how can I successfully have her visit overnights with her father in buffalo? Since he lives out of town and they need the father to file for visitation in my town, I petitioned for joint custody case so he have rights too and in that court we can include visitation. (He’s doing the court date electronically/through the phone since he’s out of town). Will the joint custody case be a waste? Should he just file for visitation? Can he if leaves over 350 miles away? Is there an electronic way to do that too or he goes to his family court and they do it on his behalf? Trying to figure out all options.
A: Yes, as part of your joint custody filing, you can enter into a stipulation providing for his parental access. There’s no need for him to file a separate visitation petition if the both of you are in agreement – the stip can be entered on your petition. Schedule a consult with a Bronx Child Custody attorney for a full assessment.