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In Kentucky who has custody of a child if the parents were never married?

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From what I understand the mother does, but our lawyer still told us that my daughter who had my grandson and is unmarried needed to have custody papers (about $350) drawn up anyway in case the father decided to try to get him. This way if the father had the child for the weekend or supposedly just took him she would have legal papers filed at the courthouse and the lawyer's office to prove everything and could get the police to bring the child back. The lawyer told us that even though they are NOT married the father can't be made to bring the child back because the child is his also. So, having the custody papers done is a good thing even if the father is not in the picture. It's for the child welfare.


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An unmarried father must establish his paternity and arrange for a custody hearing if he wants custody.

Generally, if the parents are unmarried the mother has sole custody and control in most states until the father can establish his paternity. Remember, a child's mother can always be identified by medical records. Since the father didn't give birth and he was not legally married at the time of the birth he must establish his paternity by signing the birth certificate at the time of birth (waiving DNA testing rights) which must be done with mother's consent. If he doesn't sign the birth certificate then he must seek another way to establish his paternity and that is done through a DNA test.

A paternity test can be arranged through the court. Once paternity has been established the father can request visitations, joint custody, full custody or the court will set up a schedule of regular child support payments for the child if she is to remain in the custody of her mother. The court will schedule a hearing and issue an order that is in the best interest of the child.
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