My daughter is with her mother ever since. I am providing financial support on a consistent manner which is every payday. Though I am consistent with the child support I am not allowed to see my daughter regularly. Furthermore, the family of my child’s mother is demanding an increase in monetary support from time to time. I admit that the amount which I believe to be sufficient and within my means remained the same. This is where my current dilemma lies. The family currently asking for me increase the amount of my support again, this triggers me to realize that it’s about time to take legal steps about our situation. I did research about child custody before and learned that the child has to stay with the mother until 7 years of age, though I also learned that this rule is not absolute. Given the psychological challenges of my child’s mother, do I have a chance in obtaining custody of my daughter should I decide to pursue legal battle? It never occurred to me before to fight for the custody as I understand that it is the best interest of my daughter to be with her mother during her infantile stage.
If in case the thought is not organized, there are just two matters that I want to be cleared off. First, if in case I choose to fight for the custody of my child, would the fact that the mother is a diagnosed bi-polar stand in court as my defense? Second, is there a definition or any legal basis for the amount to be supported to a child?
Please excuse my long composition but I am really in need of answers to my continuing dilemma. I am clueless in terms of legal steps to be taken and I’m also planning to seek help from PAO as my financial state doesn’t allow me to get a private attorney.