My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Texas
My boyfriend(let's call him R) has a 15 month old(J) with his ex wife. She left saying she wanted nothing to do with the child and signed her rights away and hasn't called or seen the child in 8 months. She has gone out of her way to get the child's medicaid cancelled in an effort to make R mad.
R was laid off and unable to find work so he signed temporary custody to his parents to make sure J was properly taken care of. R now has a job and his own place. He isn't financially ready to get full custody of J yet( he is currently a temporary hand and wants to get put on as permanent to make sure he has a stable job before moving J again) We asked for J to come stay for the weekend and his parents are refusing.
For R's other child(currently unborn but due July 20th, let's call him G.) THis is also with the ex wife. She has an order of protection against R for alleged domestic violence(false allegations btw) so he has not been able to contact her in regards to G. She has no job and lives wherever she can find someone to take care of her. This is typically a new boyfriend's house, her aunt(who is a prostitute), or her step-father's. She has no vehicle or drivers license, so if something were to happen to G she would have no way to take him to the ER. We are unsure if the child is actually his, but we are doing a paternity test on the 20th. All of the homes she lives in are smoked in heavily.
R and I want to get full custody of J and G, but we really don't have the money for a good lawyer. We have some savings, but if all of this is spent on the custody cases we won't have a safety net for the kids. Please help me, I've heard of people self representing but I've heard that more often than not it hurts them more than helping.