How would I go about cutting off his parental rights?

My daughter is 3 months old and her "father" lives with us. This guy is not paying her no mind at all. I have to keep telling him to spend time with her and he does it for about a few minutes, then he comes and tell me that he's either going outside or going to shower. When he goes outside, he doesn't come back for at least two damn hours! . When he says he's going to shower, he doesn't! The dude just lay on the couch and go on his phone! I've had it! My daughter doesn't deserve this kind of treatment at all. No matter the issues me and him going through( we don't talk. We just curse each other) He will soon be moving out. Now how would I go about cutting off all parental rights? As you can see he's neglecting her.

Brooklyn, NY -

Attorney Answers (3)

Peter Christopher Lomtevas

Peter Christopher Lomtevas

Child Custody Lawyer - Brooklyn, NY
Answered

You can pay a lawyer a huge amount of money and it can be done. Next time choose more carefully who fathers your child because you'll pay lawyers more.

Thomas J Callahan

Thomas J Callahan

Family Law Attorney - Hanover, MA
Answered

You may not need to do anything. If you are unmarried, you have sole legal custody (major decision-making) unless and until he goes to court to seek shared legal. You have sole physical custody. Unless and until he goes to court to establish himself as the father, you can deny him visitation, and you can oppose it if he does seek visitation. To have him totally out of your life, however, you would be sacrificing child support. To get child support, you will have to go to court and establish him as the father and get an order of payment. Now, child support, visitation and custody are all separate things, so just because he pays support does not mean he gets custody or visitation. But he'll have the right to seek them. If he follows what he has been doing, it seems like he won't want any involvement. Bu think long and hard about your needs and your daughter's needs before agreeing to give up child support.

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Michael Drew DiFalco

Michael Drew DiFalco

Child Custody Lawyer - Garden City, NY
Answered

While it is sad and neglectful, it is unlikely that the court will terminate his parental rights based on those facts alone. You should go to family court for an order of support and an order of custody. If he files for visitation in response, address your concerns about his lack of parenting skills to the court.

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