My question involves child abuse or neglect in the State of: Arkansas
I was recently notified by DHS that my daughter had been taken into custody and daughters mother may be charged with failure to protect and her current husband i believe was arrested but do not know the charges. Was wondering what to expect with the case. When should i expect to be able to obtain custody of my daughter. According to Arkansas i am not legally the father as they do not recognize the birth certificate to be legal father. Her mother and i were never married (one requirement for them recognizing me as father). The other problem is we never had custody/child support set by court so thus again still not recognized as father because of this. What is probability that mother could ever get custody back/visitation. Could she lose all parental rights? I have no clue what the penalties could be for this kind of charge.
I also have another question as to obtaining my daughter. about 10 years ago I left a wife of 6 years due to alcoholism/drug problems. when doing so she tried to get me to stay by threatening to accuse me of hitting her. Which she did do and thus resulting in a misdemeanor charge of assault on her. No prior history of assault and no history of it after this charge. Could this keep me from getting my daughter?
I have also expressed interest in keeping the siblings together as she had prior children from previous marriage. What would be the chances of this happening and who would probably stand a better chance of it, my ex's mother or myself? the other children are all under the age of 10 and i was with her for approximately 4 years and no one is able to locate their father and the last i heard he was probably moving to canada. Have no idea if he ever did or not though?
One more thing that my complicate the issue is the fact that i do reside in another state. not far away but over state lines none the less.
so any advice and how this may proceed or what steps i should take would be greatly appreciated. thank you