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Was this baby born during marriage and is their a custody order?
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If you are the father of record and are listed on the birth certificate you have as much right to the child as the mother and you should be able to take custody of the child. If there is a custody agreement with the court then you will probably not be able to take custody unless the order mentions that you can do it in this type of circumstance or if there is no other person to take care of the child. You will likely be able to take care of the child according to the custody order anyway if your ex is in an institution, the only complication is that the child is in a different country. If the child was born outside of marriage then there will also be complications as you will need to prove that you are the father even if you are listed on the birth certificate.
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