Q: My son's father has always been absent but now pays child support. Does he have rights?
My child's father has never met, contacted me or my child, and never sent any sort of support until I filed for benefits and he was court ordered to pay child support weekly. Does he have grounds to take me to court for custody?
A: It sounds like you and the child’s father were never married. He would have standing to file a legitimation action to establish visitation and custody. Depending on how old the child is and how long he has not made any contact you may have a strong argument for custody and supervised visits, or abandonment.
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