Do I have a good chance at custody?

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    Do I have a good chance at custody?

    I am wondering how I can receive full custody of my 5 1/2 month old son (I live in Michigan). My ex-girlfriend recently tried to put him up for adoption, and I refused to sign the papers. I want to raise my son and am willing to take full responsibility for him. I have a full time job, my own place with my girlfriend, am provided health coverage by my employer, and have already found a family member who is willing to watch him while I'm at work. Now that she knows I plan to fight for him though she is saying she is going to fight back. The problem is she has refused to let me see him since he was a week old even though I have repeatedly tried (and have all these texts/calls documented) so there has not been a parent/child relationship established. I am on the birth certificate and signed the affidavit of parentage at the hospital so she automatically received sole custody of him. I am seeking full custody because I believe she is unstable and unable to care for him (she put him up for adoption because she felt she couldn't care for him). My son currently lives with his mother and his grandmother. The mother does not have a job and has to have a babysitter come over to watch my son while the grandmother is at work. My son's mother is also bipolar and actually had to drop out of school due to prolonged hospitalization. I am not sure if she is currently under a doctor's care or not but it worries me that her own mother doesn't trust her enough to watch a baby alone. Also, I'm not sure if this would also factor in but when my ex was younger her mother (the grandmother, which my child now resides with) was investigated by child protective services and her child was taken away. The grandmother also does not have custody of her other child (a minor, who lives with his father). What are my chances of being successful in winning custody in a case such as this?


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    It is difficult to answer this question with any degree of certainty. Ultimately, the only thing you can do is present your case as best you can in court and hope the judge sides with you and gives you full custody. The judge will make his decision based on the bests interest of the child. I would recommend consulting with a local family law attorney.
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