Do I have any child custody rights if I don’t want to be the child's father? 13 Answers as of May 18, 2011

Do I have any right if I don’t want to be the child's father?

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John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
You either are or are not a child's father. If you are, biologically, you can't change reality and the only way the legal status will change is if some other man chooses to adopt the child. It is not a question of what "you want" and your right to choose fatherhood ended when the child was conceived. However, if you do not wish to be involved as a parent in anyway, there is nothing that the law or anyone can do to force you to do anything other than pay child support.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 5/18/2011
Law Office of Curry & Westgate
Law Office of Curry & Westgate | Patrick Curry
The parents have certain rights, you must go to court to have those rights determined.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/16/2011
Theodore W. Robinson, P.C.
Theodore W. Robinson, P.C. | Theodore W. Robinson
No. If you don't want to be the child's father, why would you want any visitation rights? And, no, you have none anyway.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 5/16/2011
Fox Law Firm LLC
Fox Law Firm LLC | Tina Fox
If you are the child's father, then yes, you have a financial obligation to take care of that child.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 5/16/2011
Beresford Booth PLLC
Beresford Booth PLLC | S. Scott Burkhalter
In Washington State, it is up to you (practically speaking) if you want to see your child or not, but you will have support obligations.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 5/16/2011
    Glenn E. Tanner
    Glenn E. Tanner | Glenn E. Tanner
    Are you the Father? If so, you have responsibilities as much or more than "rights." You have a duty to support your child. You can find yourself owing tens of thousands of dollars if you don't move to establish the correct amount of support and pay as you go along. Why don't you want something to do with your child? What did the child do to you? Wouldn't the child be better off knowing someone special, irreplaceable, cared enough about him/her to have something to do with him/her? Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/16/2011
    Seattle Divorce Services
    Seattle Divorce Services | Michael V. Fancher
    Under Washington law, if you are the legal father, then you have both rights and responsibilities towards the child.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 5/16/2011
    Cody and Gonillo, LLP
    Cody and Gonillo, LLP | Christine Gonilla
    If you are the biological father then you have rights and obligations whether you want them or not. You can ask the mother to have your parental rights terminated and tell her you will consent if that alternative is available for you.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 5/16/2011
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn | Paul Zahn
    Either you are or are not the father. If you are the father, you are entitled to visitation and custody rights, but are also liable for support. Whether or not you are the father is a biological issue. It isn't a choice.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/13/2011
    Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
    Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
    If you are the child's father, the fact that you don't want to be the child's father is immaterial: you are the child's father. You can have your parental rights (in terms of custody and visitation rights) established by the Court in a Paternity (Uniform Parentage Act) case.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 5/13/2011
    Law Office of Robert L. Fiedler
    Law Office of Robert L. Fiedler | Robert L Fiedler
    If your parental rights are terminated, you have no rights. If your rights are not terminated, you have all rights unless modified by a court order. You should know that these rights include the obligation to support your child regardless of whether you have visitation with your child.
    Answer Applies to: Connecticut
    Replied: 5/13/2011
    Michael Anthony Wing, P.C.
    Michael Anthony Wing, P.C. | Michael Anthony Wing
    If you don't want to exercise visitation, you cannot be forced to do so. You can be forced to pay support, if you are determined to be the father. Stay well.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 5/13/2011
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