My question involves a child custody case from the State of: TX or TN
There is the father, Ex fiance, and 26 month old daughter involved (Never Married)
Ok so I am really close to filing papers for full custody for my daughter and need to know where to do so. We have lived in TN for past 3 years and TX for almost 2 months. I have read that my daughter has not lived in TX long enough to establish residency. Is that true?
Also I do not have any legal decree that states that I have any custody, just paperwork that states I am the father. I took her to court last year for dependent neglect bc of her drinking hoping it would wake her up.
Do I need to file for custody in the State of TN and would I get in trouble if I just took my daughter with me to TN and didn't tell anyone till afterwards.
The mother is a very bad alcoholic and can't support herself and right now I get my daughter on the weekends but it seems that the mother is usually out and stays gone 3 nights during the week and partys all weekend long while her parents care for the child. Could I take her on the basis of neglect and not caring for the child? Or do I need to file first then get her to TN?
PS. When I mean her drinking I mean on avg she might be sober for 3-5 days a month and has not held or kept a job for the last 3 years. I think her income total last 3 years is less than 5,000.