The father left me when I was 5 weeks pregnant and has not been involved …he is wanted for 3 warrants. He is a recovering drug addict.
ANSWER BY MARGARET CROSS-BELIVEAU:
First the paternity must be established. If you did not name the father on the birth certificate and you were not married, he would have to petition the court to establish paternity. Once paternity is established, he can request visitation or joint custody. At this point, you can request child support. However, if he does petition the court, he will be arrested at that time on the outstanding warrants. His arrest and/or conviction is not enough to completely sever his parental rights. The family court would have to make a separate determination that he is an unfit parent.
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