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Good morning. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. Her father has no legal right to remove and take away and/or force you to sign away your rights, as the father. Only a Judge can decide to take those rights away and there needs to be a legal basis to support it, as a result of something which you do. As such, he is likely trying to scare you and shake you up. Once the baby is born, you can certainly be added as the father on the birth certificate and if at that time you desire ( since the baby does need to actually be born), you could establish paternity, if it is an issue. Typically, this would be done if the mother does not allow you to see the child and you break up or if she wants child support and you contest it.
I just wanted to follow up and see if you had any other questions or needed me to clarify something. I am here to help, so please let me know. Thanks!