You should speak to an attorney in Queens right away.
While it’s unlikely that your former spouse’s petition will result in you losing custody, the stakes are simply too high to risk challenging the action on your own.
The fact that your ex hasn’t paid child support is a big strike against them, and if they’ve lived far away, they may not even have an established relationship with the child, or a strong one.
Those are difficult hurdles for them to overcome.
By working with an experienced child custody attorney in Queens, you can ensure that your rights as a parent are protected, and that your spouse is ordered to begin back-payments of child support immediately.
If there is evidence of abandonment or other behaviors that matter in custody hearings, you need to make sure it is presented as clearly and persuasively as possible.
The attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino can help you.
Call us today at 718-523-1111 for a free consultation with an experienced Queens child custody lawyer.