My question involves a child custody case from the State of: California
My child's father, who lives out of state, filed an emergency hearing request for custody in my state. We had our first hearing and I was able to retain custody until our next hearing. I don't know if I am required to file a response or if I just wait until the next hearing. I responded to his false allegations in the first hearing, I'm just not sure if I need to file a response or have anything prepared for the second hearing. I had received a DUI (my child was not with me) the father found out and came to my state and tried to take our child out of state. We did not have a custody order at that time. I refused to let him take him in fear he would flee California with him, which he stated he was going to do. I have otherwise never restricted visitation, our son has spent school breaks with him in his state and the father is welcome to come to California to see him anytime. The father then filed with false statements of me endangering my child and stating I do not allow him to see the child. I just didn't let him see him that day because he already threatened me and I didn't want our son to witness a dispute. I was honest with the judge and he gave me some orders to follow until our next hearing. Any advice on how I should prepare for the second hearing?