If a man is not married to the mother of his child but he is paying support, what are his legal rights to visitation?

Asked over 4 years ago - Tacoma, WA

The mother is using visitation as a power weapon and causing untold distress. The child is now 21 months old.

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  1. Meredith McKell Graff


    Contributor Level 10

    Answered . You have no rights to parenting time because you have no parenting plan. If you want parenting time (visitation), you will have to petition the court for a parenting plan. Paying child support is not related to the parenting plan, in that, paying child support does not give you rights to visitation. You need a court order. She is able to dictate when you see the child because you have not pursued your legal rights. You need to do so ASAP!

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