If your name is on the birth certificate, then absent any court orders, you have custody rights
exactly equivalent to the mother
. You're not really the "noncustodial parent." You're the "obligor
," which means you are required to pay support, but that has nothing to do with your right to exercise custody.
Legally, this means that you could visit the child, and simply take him home with you and there wouldn't be a damn thing that the mother could do, except to go to court and ask for a protective order to return the child to her -- which may or may not be granted (probably yes, but it depends on the facts).
You have to petition the court to establish parenting orders, if you want to have enforceable rights that the mother must follow. This link
contains all the info and forms to establish parenting rights, assuming that you already have established paternity
, either by court order or the acknowledgment of paternity form.
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Hope this helps.
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