Q: If I am my son's legal father in louisiana, can his mother have me removed from the birth certificate?
His mother and I are not married, but have been living together since before he was born. He is now 7. We both signed the birth certificate and the AOP at the hospital. She now doesn't want me to be his father, but no one else will claim him. I want to be his dad. Can she make me prove it by DNA now with no other man to come forward. I don't care if he's biologically mine or not. I love him and don't want him growing up without a father.
A: If you're on the child's birth certificate, you're his father, whether she wants you to be or not. If she refuses to allow you to be in his life, you need to assert your rights in court. Consult with a family law attorney in the parish where she lives to discuss your options. Even if you're not the child's biological father, you still have the right to ask the court for visitation.
A: She can file a Petition to Disavow. If you are the biological father, then you are fine as long as you pay support and make an effort to see your child regularly. If you are not the biological father, then signing the birth certificate does not substitute for a legal adoption and you are out.
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