A child was born out of wedlock. He has not established paternity but has filed for joint custody. He threatened to physically harm the mother of the child. An order of protection was granted to the mother.
Yes, he can petition the court for custody.
There are some hurdles the father will need to try to overcome, only one being establishing paternity (and depending on the circumstances, he may not have to do much to establish that he is the father).
The mother should reach out to a lawyer who handles these types of cases as soon as she can so she isn't walking into court without someone to help her through the legal process.
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