My sons father and I aren't married and I was misled into thinking I had to establish paternity to get full sole custody and I had paternity established. His father was just released from prison and was incarcerated during my pregnancy. He has had no contact with my son or relationship but wants to be in his life. I do not feel that my son is safe or that his father is a good influence as he's had multiple violent felony convictions and was charged with felony with a hand gun and wanton endangerment most recently. Did I make a mistake by establishing paternity?
Not necessarily. Establishing paternity will obligate him to pay child support until the child turns 18 years old. Paternity only establishes that he is the biological father. As for the issues of custody and visitation, the best interest of the child standard controls. You can now file a petition to establish sole custody.
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