Hello again, Joyce.
Unless the father signed an acknowledgment of paternity
or obtained a court order establishing his parental rights, he would typically have no right to the child under state law.
Here is a link which summarizes the law on this issue:
If an acknowledgment of paternity was signed by the father, it would normally be on file with the state Vital Statistics Unit (VSU), 1100 W. 49th Street, Austin, TX,NNN-NN-NNNN You can obtain more information at their website which is:
You may wish to retain a local family law
attorney to search court records to determine whether paternity was established by court order as an alternative to signing the acknowledgement.
If there is not court order and nothing filed with the state, then the father would not have a basis for determining where the child will live.
If he has established parental rights, then you would normally need to petition the local court for guardianship
to prevent him from taking your granddaughter. The petition is likely to be granted under the circumstances you have described.
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