Question Details: My husband and I have been separated for 2.5 years and are living in different states. He has not visited or seen our daughter in all that time. He does not provide financial support. He currently does not have a driver's license due to 4 prior DUI's. I want to go ahead and file for divorce but will he be able to contest and just jump right back into our lives?
He is VERY unlikely to get primary or even joint custody: the courts look to the interests of the children and what the parent in question has done as a parent, and years of neglect and nonpayment of any kind of support, plus his DUIs, does not make him a suitable custodial parent. Since you have been the primary caregiver, you will almost certain remain such.
He is however very likely to be granted some visitation, etc. rights, because he is the child's father, and the courts try very hard to keep or encourage contact between parent and child. That doesn't mean he will actually see her--obviously, he is perfectly happy not seeing his daughter--but it is likely he will have the right to see her.
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