I’m pregnant and I don’t want to deal with child custody battles, but I don’t want my baby’s daddy involved at all. I don’t even want to put him on the birth certificate, but I don’t know if he’ll try to get a paternity test done… So how does all of that work? And what happens after paternity is established? Am I required to allow a paternity test?
Well, he could file for custody now, in the state where the child was conceived. In Arizona, he can take the child home from the hospital. Helped a father do that once. Hopefully, he will demand a paternity test. I suggest men do them on all children claimed to be theirs. If you don’t want him involved, you have to go to court and have a judge rule on him not having parental rights, which means he doesn’t pay child support. But, you cannot now, nor in the future, go on Welfare, which can override the order.
I do assume it doesn’t matter the damage this will do to your child?