How can I get visitation for my son I currently pay child support but his mother refuse to let me spend time with him?
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Paying child support and having parental rights to and with the child are two separate and distinct things. Based upon your question I am assuming that you and the mother were not married at the time the child was conceived or born and as such you have no parental rights to or with the child until you are granted the same by the Court. To obtain parental rights and a time sharing schedule that establishes when your son will be in your care you need to file and argue before the Court a Petition to Establish Paternity and Related Relief. For more information as to why that is you can see my legal guide regarding the same here:
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A Petition to Establish Paternity, Parental Responsibility needs to be filed along with a Count for modification. I strongly suggest that you consult with an experienced family law/Paternity Law Attorney as there are many things that are done in these types of cases besides just that. Filing a case is one thing, proving it up is another
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Hello. If you pay child support through a DOR case, you need to file a separate lawsuit for parental responsibility and timesharing. You can either hire counsel to help you, or you can go to the self-help unit of your local courthouse and request a packet for a paternity case. Good luck to you.
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