Legal custody

Rebecca - posted on 03/16/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi im Samantha and im also a teenage parent about to give birth in 3 weeks. Unfortunately I made a mistake and had picked a partner that is a total deadbeat, who is giving me stress and has actually put me in more issues then I could ever imagine. Thoughout my pregnancy I was stressed out and he was really abusive to the point were it effected the way my baby grew( I reported him to the police so we dont have any contact anymore). But im doing my research and seeking advice from others, they told me that I have the right not to put his name on the birth certificate and so on yet he still has right to seeing his child. Because he is a crown ward he is involved with Children`s aid until the age of 21. They told me I wouldnt be able to claim any money for child support until he has an income also that I MUST go to court to get sole custody because of the circumstances. His mother has been on my case lately and really attacking about the rights of my child and demanding that her son must be there to see my child and what not. To be honest I dont not want this guy around me because he is unfit to be a parent from what his worker has told me yet I dont not want to go to court because I do not want these people telling me who my daughter can and cannot see. Please I need to know whether going to court would be in my best interest even though I wouldnt be able to claim any money for child support or if I should let it be and get rid of these people all together.

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Rebecca - posted on 03/16/2014

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Yea that is what I was afraid of if I decide not to take this matter to court. thanks for the advice I will seek a lawyer in this matter

Jodi - posted on 03/16/2014

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Yes, he does still have the right to see the child. You are welcome to claim child support, but you are unlikely to get any until he has an income. You don't get to decide if he is an unfit parent - that's what the courts are for. You should talk to a lawyer about your options. If you let it be, he might turn up when he is 21 and claim that you have been refusing him access to his child and claim parental alienation (research that one).

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