Why would an 18-year-old mother give the father of her

Why would an 18-year-old mother give the father of her new born daughter parental rights, and not make him pay child support? Her parents told her that is the right thing to do.
Asked Aug 31, 2012
You don't GIVE him parental rights. He already HAS parental rights just by virtue of being the biological father. You have to decide --- and do --- what's in the best interest of the child. In the long term, it's probably more important to allow your child the benefit of having a father in his/her life.

However, paying for the care of a child is part of parenthood. I don't think you'd be wrong to insist that he contribute fairly to the child's care. If he's unable to contribute at the present time, that's different from being unwilling. In my personal opinion, if he is unable to contribute at this time, I think it's unfair to penalize him --- and your child --- for that.

You'd have to check with an attorney/social worker about your local laws, but I don't think you can deny him visitation unless he's a danger to you and/or the child. Even then, there's a legal process to do so. I find it unlikely that you have legal standing anywhere to deny his rights just because you want to.
Answered Aug 31, 2012
Edited Aug 31, 2012
They changed the law recently all parents named on a birth cert after 2005 have parentle rights. I know this coz my girl born in 04 and son in 06 with same dad but he doesn't have rights over my girl
Answered Feb 24, 2013
That may be correct in your situation but parental rights are controlled by the courts:

"Every state and US territory has statutes providing for the termination of parental rights by a court. Termination of parental rights ends the legal parent-child relationship. Once the relationship has been terminated, the child is legally free to be placed for adoption, with the objective of securing a more stable, permanent family environment that can meet the child's long-term parenting needs"

Rob Feb 24, 2013
Lol sorry didn't realise your in the states lol
gemma27 Feb 24, 2013

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