Hi guys. Thanks so much for having a forum like this available to all.
My daughter is turning 5 next week. I haven't seen her for a year. I used to have her for about 2 weeks a year, usually a couple three or four day weekends, sometimes a week or more. Her mother & I set that up on our own. It was great, though I would've liked more time I was content. Lately, her mother has been changing, she's got 2 kids with a new boyfriend & no time for me. She basically has cut off most communication, except for a few emails, & will not agree to a time for me to pick up my daughter before school starts.
Now I want to take legal action, to put in place visitation rights & possibly custody, I know these are two major differences, but I need some legal guidance. Where to seek that help is the question. She lives in the tristate area, IL/MO/IA, the mailing address her mother gives me is in Illinois. I live in Missouri, about 6 hours away. Where do I apply for visitation rights? In Iowa? The state she was born in & the state her mother still gets child support from. In Illinois? the state she lives in now where a websearch shows NO custody/visitation lawyers in the vincinity! Or is this something I can claim right here in Kansas City? Please help, and thank you.