Q: What steps can I take to get legal rights of my daughter so the mother can not take her out of state ?
I am on my daughters birth certificate the mother and I are no longer on good terms but she wants to take her out of state without my consent.
A: If you have never been to court regarding the child then you need to file a petition for paternity. A paternity lawsuit will establish and protect your rights as the father. Issues like school and moving will be covered by "shared parental responsibility" which means that both parents must discuss and agree on major issues for the child. Speak with a local family lawyer for more specific advice.
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