You think he is your son and you think you want custody. If that is the case, you can file a legitimation action in court and ask that as part of the proceeding that the court order paternity testing. If it turns out that the child is your child, you can proceed on with the legitimation action which will give you parental rights and the right to claim the child as yours. It gives the child the right to claim you as the father and the right to inherit from you. It will also give you the right to proceed with the issue of getting custody and or visitation, whichever the court determines to be appropriate under the circumstances. It also provides for the determination of child support. It really is in your best interest to retain an experience attorney who handles legitimations and custody actions in your area so as to get the job done and done right. If you do not do it right the first time, you do not get a do over. If the judge denies the legitimation, that is a final decision that cannot be taken to court a second time to try again.
This information is of a general nature and is not intended to be relied upon as legal advise. You are encouraged to contact and discuss your matter with an experienced attorney to more specifically address your legal needs.
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