Does a father have rights if he don't see the child but pays child support

Courtney - posted on 06/18/2014 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter dad hasn't seen her since she was two. He hasn't called her or bought her anything. He does pay child support but that is it. He says that he is going to take me to court the have visitation. Can the court allow it since it's been 4 years since he has seen her?

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/20/2014

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Child support and visitation are separately addressed, and if you did not ask to have visitation addressed, it would not have been.

Your best option is to have your attorney request supervised visitation so that the child can get to know her father. It doesn't matter if he's paid support, nor does it matter if he's contributed to her care. He still has the right to know her and have a relationship.

Courtney - posted on 06/19/2014

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In our state child support don't do visitation since we were not married. Distance hasn't ever been the problem. Like I said before he hasn't bought her anything.

Ev - posted on 06/19/2014

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Are any of the other questions about distance an object for him? Why was visitation not established when the child support was? He does have rights to see her and have that relationship. But I do understand your asking. My sister had a child with a man who not once in her first fifteen years of life ever called, wrote a letter, sent gifts on holidays or birthdays, or anything. He did not pay child support until then. Child support did not last long though. Because of mitigating circumstances he was not allowed to be around children under age 18. But his cousin offered to set up meetings for my sister so he could see my niece. My sister refused. But I do know that if a man does not have any contact with a child for a certain amount of time and its done through the legal means, his rights can be taken from him. But it depends on your state and the reasons why.

Courtney - posted on 06/19/2014

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No he hasn't tried to see her. For over 5 years we lived in the same town and he still hasn't seen her.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 06/19/2014

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Has every right in the world to have a relationship with his daughter, just as much as you do with yours.

Jodi - posted on 06/19/2014

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A biological father has rights unless the courts have said he doesn't. Why hasn't he seen his child. Has he attempted to at all? Is distance a factor? Have you ever refused him visitation? These are all questions that will be addressed. But yes, he has rights.

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