My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Florida
My fiance has finally filed a petition for child support from her ex-boyfriend for child support, the state of florida has taken up the case and the ex-boyfriend/father was served with a summons. Upon receiving this summons the father filed a counter suit and then an amendment to that countersuit. The countersuit initially stated that he wanted to keep a continuity of the current situtation which especially includes him not paying any CS, the amendment which we just received went a step further, in the amendment he claims that she is an unfit mother and he wants full custody and he wants her to pay HIM child support. The father has no atty and is filing all of the paperwork himself...he has alot of free time he hasn;t held a job in years,
A little background
The child is an 8 year old boy,
The primary residence has been with the mother,
The child is with each parent 50% of the time (they switch days)
Mother and father were never married, the mother paid the father to leave the house about 5 years ago, he left and she stayed at the original house.
Since then the mother and I have gotten together and we have been together 3 years and will be getting married soon.
The father hasn't held a job in over a year.
The father lives in an effeciency apt.
The mother has held a nursing job constant for 10 years, she pays for all expenses of child.
The mother and I live together in a 4 bdrm home, and her child, my child and I are and have been a family unit for over a year (living together)
Both mother and father don't have atty's we are doing the legal work ourselves
So the question is, what are our options for dealing with the counter suit? The accusations in the countersuit are frivulous lies, e.g: she is mentall unstabled ect ect,
Should we file a countersuite to his?
Should we file for a motion of dismassal?
Should we ask the court to combine the cases?
In your opinion what's the best response for dealing with countersuits that contain false claims. Its obvious he is doing this because he doesn't want to pay cs.
Thanks for your time and help please,