My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Louisiana
My daughter is 7 months old. Her father is a green beret stationed in North Carolina. We live in Louisiana. We moved from North Carolina after he asked us to leave and go home (my family is from Louisiana). I have encouraged his relationship and his families' relationship with this child from the beginning, sending them 3D ultrasound pictures, letting him and his family know where the birth would be and the date of the birth and offering to help in any way I could. They did not respond, and after 7 months of begging, he has finally found time to meet his daughter. He was stationed in La. for 31 days, and although he was only 1 hour from us, he only came down to see her 3 times during his entire stay, despite the fact that I offered him the use of my home (without me there) any time he needed it to visit with her. I supplied all the baby supplies (including a camo diaper bag) and allowed him to take her overnight (which I now think was a bad decision). He returned her early during each visit, but wants to work out a set visitaiton schedule, which I'm fine with, except taht he wants her to live with him a month, then me a month. Not only is this impracticle seeing as we live 1000 miles apart, but to date he has shown no interest in her and has returned her early during his visits. What is a more reasonable visitation schedule for an infant that would be best for her and how are courts ruling these days with regard to infant visitation when parents live far apart? We go to a counselor this FRiday, but my ex is very difficult to talk to and says he hates me very much, so he doesn not call to check on her or communicate with me very well regarding her. I don't know what to do. I want to stay out of court if possible and work out something fair and reasonable, but I don't know what to even propose (we have already entered a stipulated agreement regarding support and custody (joint) with reasonable visitation). Any advice?