I'm broke! Child Support for a never seen Dad?

Beth - posted on 03/02/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son is almost four years old. He has never met his father and I have not seen his father since I told him I was pregnant. I have tried to reach out to him, but never got any response. I felt so angry and did want to beg him for him to be involved with my son if he didn't want to be; however, I work full time and I am currently pursuing a BBA full time and I am broke. I am trying my best to one day be able to provide for my child solely, but I expect some financial difficulties in the future that would render his normal way of life and my pursue of my bachelors. Should I go after him for child support? Will they give him custody? My child doesn't know this man! I hardly know this man. Can I just ask for child support and no visitation? I can't determine the better decision. I know that there is no turning back once I open this door. I have also been told recently that there could be some predicaments in his life that require both parental signatures such as leaving the country. I don't know which is the best choice to make. Should I continue to do this on my own and feel safe knowing that I am in control of decisions for my child or feel more financially stable with someone else dictating his influences? Please help!

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Amy - posted on 03/02/2014

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If you can't afford an attorney, contact your local child support enforcement office or legal aid office.

Michelle - posted on 03/02/2014

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Child support and visitation are 2 separate issues. You need to file for child support and if he wants he can file for visitation.
If you do want to take you child on holiday that requires a passport then yes you will need the father's signature on the passport application, unless he signs over his parental rights. If he does that then he won't have to pay child support either.
I would suggest talking to a lawyer to get the best advice for your situation.

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