My question involves a child custody case from the State of: FL
I have been divorced since 2007 and have 4 children, 3 of which are minors. My ex attempted to take me back to court early in the year, and we ended up with a modification after mediation. Since mediation he has not met any of the terms of the agreement while I have, and has now repetitioned for mediation again with false allegations. We have ordered 50/50 custody with a set schedule, including holidays. It also includes him paying half of medical bills and sports activities, which he has refused to pay. No exchange of child support. Now he has taken a promotion that interferes with the set schedule and will not be home with our children during the time he is to have them as he works nights. He is leaving them with his live-in girlfriend, who has refused to meet me in the past 2 years (and had a DCF investigation against her for physically handling my youngest). He often will leave the children home alone for hours unsupervised (ages 9, 12, 14- Florida has no law against this). Frequently I will have the kids for 2-3 week stretches, which obviously does not equate to 50/50.
I would like to pursue full custody with e/o weekend for him (pretty much what we do now) and seek child support, also enforce his payments for medical and sports as previously agreed. I do not want the children home alone with the girlfriend at night due to multiple issues in the home (there are also her 3 children in the home). I had an attorney but can no longer afford one after spending over $7000 and having no cooperation from him with the modification he initiated. Is is possible to seek full custody and child support and are there resources available for affordable law services? My family is advising that I meet his demands for money and let everything else go so as to not spend more money, but the way I see it, I still have a long road ahead of me with this. My kids have not been able to participate in many activities because of his refusal to allow it and his refusal to communicate with me. He is not involved in their school or sports, and as I said, is often not even home with the kids during "his time". I just want the best for my kids. I would appreciate any advice, thank you in advance!