The welfare of the child should be the main issue. The best parent or maybe both paremts should have custody. Who is to say that one parent is better than the other with out prove of child abuse. During custody battles, the parents are so wrapped up in themselves that the children are not actually considered.
the mother has sole custody if she is not married, a father has many more rights if the child has his last name, or if he is named on the birth certificate. However, if an unmarried mother has a child who has the father's last name and she gets the child taken from her by the state, the father would actually have to file a custody petition in order to try and get custody. Nothing is automaticly in his favor there.
In the United States both parents have equal rights of custody of the child if they are legally married.
Married parents have equal parental rights. They share legal custody.
If the child is a minor in the state of Utah and the parents of the child have never been married then both parents are awarded equal custody. However, if there's a reason why one parent cannot care for the child, then the parent who is capable of caring for the child is awarded custody.
The mother. The father have to apply for visitation and custody in court.
If the parents have never married and live separately with their own parents, a court would need to decide on custody. Typically, the court will place the child with the mother, but the best interests of the child are primary.
You're married now and both parents have equal parental rights.
The biological mother has presumptive custody, at least until a custody order is hammered out in court.
If the parents are married and the child is a minor the answer is yes. If the parents are divorced or never married, the parent(s) with legal custody can make that decision.
If the parents are going to split up, one needs to file with the courts to define custody, child support, visitation, etc.
Not without the permission of the child's biological mother. When a couple are not married and there is not a custodial order from the court, the law presumes that the mother has sole custody of the child in question.
The mother. The father have to petition the court for custody or visitation right.
mother has sole custody even if living with father