Paternity

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Question: I have a baby that's going to be born soon and the mother will not let me be part of the baby's life because I choose to be with someone else. She's giving the baby her new boy friend's last name even though she and I both know the baby is mine. What can I do to be in my child's life legally without her being able to tell me no?

Answer: To have the right to see the child you need to establish paternity. To establish paternity file the Petition to Establish Paternity at the Superior Court in the county where you reside. This petition allows you to also establish Legal Decision Making (Custody), Parenting Time and Child Support.

For more information go to: http://www.azcourts.gov/selfservicecenter/Self-Service-Forms#FamilyLaw

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  • I have a baby that's going to be born soon and the mother will not let me be part of the baby's life because I choose to be with someone else. She's giving the baby her new boy friend's last name even though she and I both know the baby is mine. What can I do to be in my child's life legally without her being able to tell me no?

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