My daughters "father" decided he doesnt want to pay child support and will instead get custody of her from me. He can afford the "best" family law attorney which he already hired and realistically I can probably barely afford any attorney. I was 15 and he was 19 when she was conceived and shes almost 7 now. Even though he wasnt charged the evidence "my daughter" is irrefutable proof it happened. Not looking to get him in trouble he just doesn't deserve custody.
The father can petition the court for a determination of paternity to establish his legal parental/custodial rights to the child. The court will determine the father's rights and responsibilities based on the best interests of the child, and the situation you described will not prevent a court from making this determination.
I strongly recommend that you consult with an attorney immediately. Many reputable attorneys practicing in and around Bay County offer free initial consultations, myself included.
Note: Florida law allows a mother to seek an award of temporary attorney fees from the father in a paternity action. Therefore, the father may be ordered to pay for your attorney, so that you will have equal representation in the pending case. Consult with an attorney as soon as possible to discuss this and other factors involved in your case.
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