My name is Leslie and I live in Indiana. I have a 2yr old daughter, Marli, and just recently her father and I signed over guardianship to my aunt and uncle. For about the first month things were going great and I felt satisfied with my decision. Then came Father's Day weekend... I called on that Friday to see if I could pick Marli up for a little bit and was told that her Father had come and got her and she'd be back Sunday evening. This was fine with me, after all, I got her for about an hour on Mother's Day. One phone call led to another and he ended up taking her out of state and not bringing her back until the Wednesday after Father's Day. So, of course, I was right there when she returned. The next day I came over to, again, visit her. At this time I was confronted by my aunt and uncle and was told that they had written up some rules for me, there are several general ones, but these really struck me:
1). Visitations will be 1-2 hours each and and only 2 times per week.
2). Mom (me) gets a job and pays us $50.00 per week(I currently do not make that much)*Note*- My father pays $50.00 per week for her to go to daycare for 4hrs/day, though neither of them work during the summer. When she does this, she will then get all day visits, sometimes. No sleepovers.
Now, legally, can they do this? Let her father come and go with her as he pleases, take her out of town for days at a time; Know that the last time they got child support from him was a month ago, and it was $40.00 for the month and he is court-ordered, I am not.
Yet I am doing all I can to find a better job, I've made BIG strides this past year, most people would say the same. Now, I can only see her 2 out of 7 days a week, unless they get $50.00 per week.
Somebody help! Is this all legal? Do they not have to follow the Indiana Guidelines for Visitation? Is there ANYTHING I can do to see my baby more? I'm desperate, I miss her badly.