Q: I have a three week old daughter and me and her father are separated and he has asked to take her
She is so little and he hasn’t even seen her but once and wasn’t even there most of the pregnancy but legally do I have to let him take her
A: You need to establish his paternity and set up a parenting schedule before he gets to take her. At this point, he’s not legally the father.
A: If you acknowledged him as the father on the birth certificate by default both parents have custody rights. However, if you have a valid reason for not allowing visitation you could refuse and wait until he takes you to court to establish his paternity and visitation rights by the judge.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.