Originally Posted by phoolove
Just a not so simple question, Without going on too much, does anyone know anything concerning parental rights in a situation where a child was born to an unmarried couple. If the couple has been sharing 50/50 custody (both names on birth cert), does the mother have the right to just move away and take the child because they were never married?
I am the GF of the father, and we are freaked out. Can't talk to lawyer until tomorrow and looking for some input.
The father of the child needs to get a parenting agreement set up with the courts laying out custody and visitation and child support .
Any custody set up verbal or written down does not mean a thing
unless it has gone through the courts and signed by a judge ..
If she moved the child out of state and the father tried to call the police they would say "sorry, you have no custody order set up with the courts there is nothing we can do , have a nice day !"
If the father is not going to get a parenting agreement set up , he needs to
document everything to show the courts that he has set visitation because unless he has proof it's his word against hers ...
Even if the father has verbal 50/50 that does not mean he does not have to pay child support .. Child support is based on income and financial obligation of both parents .. If your state has a support website I would strongly suggest the father fill out the form and get a calculation of what (if any) his support should be .. Be in mind that if he finds out that he does owe support he will be required to pay all back support ..
There are a few legal online websites that can give the father free advice on the steps he needs to take .. (keep in mind it's free advice)
Honestly it is NOT very smart to have nothing established through the courts if the mother is the jealous type ..