Hi, Im pregnant and have split up with the father, although we have agreed visiting etc once the baby is born (and we have put it in writing), he is still sending me texts about this - we have agreed visiting at prearranged times and staying over at his etc., etc., and he named as a partner on my birthing plan. Can you please advise what my legal obligations are to him as the father ?
HiThere are no obligations at all until the baby is born.You do not have to have him at the hospital unless you wish him to be there and he has no right to chose the name or be on the Birth Certificate unless you agree.Once the baby is born then the baby is entitled to regular contact with both parents and he is entitled to ask for Parental Responsibility - the right to be consulted on all major issues in the child's lifeClaire
25 years experience of all aspects of family law
thanks when you say regular contact do you mean 50/50 or would a couple of days a week sound fair (including the baby staying overnight) ?
HiThere is no requirement or expectation that it should be 50/50To start with a few hours two or three times a week building up to a day and then an overnight contact is realistic.Contact is for the benefit of the child and not the parentClaire
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