My child’s biological father has not seen my son Since he was 7 Months Old... I have Zero contact with him...He’s never been in my sons life... He is not on the Birth Certificate.. He has not ever paid a dime of Child Support or helped in anyway to raise my son... he is in and out of trouble... he has a fairly lengthy police record.. Now he’s talking about taking me to court so he can have Visitation and parental rights ... How Can I Protect my Son?
This might be hard to do. In your question, you ask to terminate a man's parental rights. You don't say if he signed an affidavit of paternity when the child was born. Assuming that he can meet his initial burden of proving that he is the child's father, he will probably get some kind of visitation, (supervised, or whatever) unless you can show its in the child's best interest that he have no contact with the child. On that basis, you have an uphill battle terminating his parental rights against his wishes. Is there a chance the child has another father figure in his life? Are you married ? Does he have a step parent who might adopt the child? There is also an issue of back child support you can pursue. See a local attorney on the issue for help. Best of luck with it.
Termination of parental rights are tough cases to win in NH as the standard of proof is very high. You may have the basis but if he is able to show that you have thwarted his efforts to see the child, you may lose. Consult with an attorney
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