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My ex husband has sued me for custody of my daughter at least once a year since we divorced. Is there a way to stop him from doing this all the time?

1 Answers. Asked on Jul 27th, 2012 on Child Custody - Indiana
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We both have joint legal custody, with myself having primary physical, at our divorce in 2008 custody was disputed, i won. In april of 2010 he again sued for custody, this time it was settled in mediation. I was sued for custody yet again only one year later in the summer of 2011, it was settled in court in Dec 2011 and once again custody stayed with me. Now only 7 months later, i am having to go back to court this coming Oct because my ex is suing me for custody now for the 4th time in 4 years. The attorneys fees for this are getting ridiculous. Is there anything that I can do to keep this from happening over and over on a near yearly or do I have to just continue to shell out a few grand everytime he decideds to take me back to court? I live in Indiana by the way.
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Jeffery Haupt at The Law Office of Jeffery M. Haupt
Licenced in IN
Answered on Aug 11th, 2012 at 8:09 AM

One approach that you may want to take is to have an attorney that will aggressively pursue attorney fees for you.  Sure, you will likely have to pay an initial retainer, but if this is truly becoming an issue that repeats itself, you should seek an attorney fee award (which is generally allowed in family law matters) against your ex-husband. 

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Your children are precious, and issues of child custody shouldn't be treated casually. Even the most amicable splits and custody agreements should be negotiated with the assistance of child custody attorneys and approved by the courts. Once a judge has approved the agreement, changes in custody or visitation, as well as enforcement of child custody agreements, should be handled with the assistance of your lawyer. Child custody law firms can also work with grandparents and other parties other than parents who are seeking custody of a child.
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