The father and mother are not in a relationship. The father's family paid to have DNA testing done and it came back 99.9% postive. He went back and signed the birth certificate. The father have been a part of the child's life. The mother is upset because she wants a relationship and he never did. Now the mother is denying the father and his family the right to see the baby. Can she do that? If so, what can be done?
Family Law Attorney
Being on the child's birth certificate does not give the father visitation rights. In order to obtain visitation rights, the father needs to file a petition for legitimation. He should meet with an attorney to discuss his options.
Child Custody Lawyer
It is good that he has done the DNA testing and signed the birth certificate. Now he needs to file a petition to legitimate the child, to establish visitation or custody, and to establish the support obligation. That has to be done through the court. The mother has all rights concerning the child until such time as the father has legitimated the child. The thing he needs to do immediately is to schedule an appointment with an attorney to prepare the legitimation and get moving.
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Divorce / Separation Lawyer
Signing the birth certificate does not give him any rights. He needs to get a lawyer, petition the Superior Court for legitimization, and can seek visitation (or custody).
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