where do i stand with parental rights

Heather - posted on 08/14/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )




i am the day-to-day caregiver of my daughter and i am unsure of what my rights are when it comes to my daughters father visiting after no contact for a year and he is bringing his new girlfriend with her two kinds. i have had only 12 hours notice that he is coming and i am worried that after all this time he will try to take her away from me. we were no longer together when i gave birth to her and have not been together since, and we never went to court over who she would live with because he was not interested in being involved at the time. is it possible/legal for him to show up and just take her away? im am scared of this happening, if someone has an answer, i would love to hear it, thank you


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Dove - posted on 08/15/2014




If you never went to court and he takes her he does not have to bring her back. You do not have to let him take her anywhere until you go and get emergency custody papers though.

♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 08/15/2014




What are your court orders concerning custody and visitation?

If you don't have any, get some. In the interim, yes, he could remove her if there are no custody orders in place. You cannot deny him access, legally, unless he's a proven danger to the child.

I'd recommend having your attorney get papers drawn up immediately.

Michelle - posted on 08/15/2014




If you don't have court order stating the custody and visitation then he has every right to want to see his child with little notice.
Yes he could take her away as well because you don't have any paperwork to say he can't. You need to get yourself a lawyer ASAP and get it all in writing.

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