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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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Q: How do you get visitation rights for your child if you are the father of a child?
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If the father has visitation rights and has not seen the child can you get full custody and receive child support?

How does he have any visitation rights with a custody and child support order?

If a father has visitation rights and chooses not to see his child for 5 years does he forfeit his visitation rights?

Yes because he has abandoned the children.

If a father relinquishes his parental rights is he still allowed visitation?

No. The father would have no rights whatsoever relative to the child.

Can you lose visitation rights if you're not the biological father?

If you end a relationship with the child's mother you are not losing visitation rights, you never had visitation rights. Visitation rights are granted by a court. If you and the child's mother were married and you had a long term relationship with the child, or if there are half-siblings of that child (your children with whom you do have visitation rights) the court may award visitation rights. You need to consult with an attorney who specializes in custody issues and who can review your situation and explain your options.On the other hand, you can get visitation rights by a court order if you had legally adopted the child.

If an unmarried father chooses not to pay child support does he still have rights to child in CA?

An unmarried father cannot "choose" to not pay child support. The laws in every state require that a father pay for the support of his child. The mother must bring an action to the appropriate court so that a child support order can be established. Visitation rights are separate and a father can have visitation rights established by the court. Visitation rights are not dependent on paying child support.

What rights does a father have for visitation if he is paying child support?

Visitation rights should have been addressed at the time the child support order was issued. Child support and visitations are two separate issues. The father must return to the court that has jurisdiction and request a visitation schedule.

If the father does not pay child support do you still need to give him visitation rights?

Depends on your state, but courts say child support and visitation are two totally different subjects and are not considered together. Father has visitation rights irrespective of whether or not he pays child support.

If a father does not pay his required child care can we suspend his visitation?

Only the court can legally suspend visitation rights.

Can a father take the mother to court before child is born to get visitation rights?


Can the father of your child deny you rights to take your child if there are no court ordered visitation rights?

If there are no court orders both parents have equal rights.

What rights does the father have as her child's birth father?

If not married he has to prove paternity in court to get his parental rights. He can then petition for custody, visitation and pay child support. If married to the mother they have equal rights to the child.

If spouse is not biological father does he have visitation rights?

If he paying child support, or can prove to the court that a father/child relationship has been developed.

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