My child's biological father has been absent for over 2 years, she is 27 months old. Can he still get custody of her?

During my pregnancy I found a lot of disturbing information out about my child's father. He threatened to take her from me, pushed me down in a public place. I became very concerned for my safety and my child's. I went to a women's shelter to seek advice and ended up filing 2 injunctions, I had a letter from my OBGYN that was dismissed. After a court hearing I was advised by the judge to begin a paper trail as he had begun stalking me. I went to the Sheriffs department and they told me I had no rights that he was able to bother me whenever he wanted because I was pregnant with his child. So I allowed him to take part in birth but refused to let him take her anywhere privately. After 5 weeks he stopped coming to see her. He is not on the birth certificate and has never paid child support.

Orlando, FL -

Attorney Answers (4)

Arica Lynn Braaten

Arica Lynn Braaten

Family Law Attorney - Deerfield Beach, FL
Answered

He would need to file a paternity action. Right now, he isn't legally recognized as the child's father.

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Carin Manders Constantine

Carin Manders Constantine

Family Law Attorney - Palm Harbor, FL
Answered

Unless he has filed a Paternity Action in Court and has been named the father and granted time-sharing, he is a stranger to the child and he has no rights. Good luck to you.

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Ophelia Genarina Bernal-Mora

Ophelia Genarina Bernal-Mora

Child Custody Lawyer - Orlando, FL
Answered

This man has no rights to the child unless and until he files a paternity action with the courts. If you are served with these documents, I strongly recommend you consult with a local and experienced family law attorney.

If you are in fear at any point or in any danger, please contact law enforcement right away.

Ophelia Bernal-Mora
Orlando Family Law Attorney

You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation since every case is different and... more
William Charles Rosenfelt

William Charles Rosenfelt

Child Custody Lawyer - Longwood, FL
Answered

He could get "time-sharing" and be able to see his child but only if and when he files a paternity petition and established time-sharing. Good luck.

Please be advised that any answers or information disseminated above do not constitute legal advice and that the... more

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