Law Office of Brent R. Chipman | Brent R. Chipman
If there is an order involving the father and the child, he probably has the right to reinitiate contact with the child. The court may require a break in period of graduated parent time before jumping to whatever the standard parent time is supposed to be under the order. If there is no order giving the father rights with the child, he would need to file something with the court to establish those rights.
Answer Applies to: Utah
Gabel, Gudmundsen & Gabel, P.C. | Laura Gabel
If push came to shove, the court would not award much parenting time; after all, this man is a stranger to the child. The most that I could see a court granting would be gradually increasing contact, perhaps starting with lunch (w/ Mom or another trusted adult who the child knows), increasing (after several weeks) to an afternoon (2-3 hours) with Mom or a trusted adult. Eventually this may increase to unsupervised parenting time (not overnights) for several weeks before any overnight visits would be allowed. You know best whether the father is going to have the patience to stick to months of a gradually increasing schedule. Confer with an attorney if the father files a motion.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Law Offices of Stephanie Lee Ehrbright, Esq. | Stephanie Lee Ehrbright
Assuming she has not terminated father's parental rights and there are no issues with father being a drug offender, domestic abuser, convicted child molester or something like that he can ask to start supervised visitations first until the child gets used to father.
Answer Applies to: Arizona