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Was child custody / visitation ordered by the local family court in this case?
Thank you for your follow up.
Unfortunately, until child custody / visitation is established by the court, both parents have equal rights to the custody of the minor child, so the only way to assure that the father's custody rights are restricted, is to file a Petition with the local family court to establish child custody / visitation and the judge will review the petition and will establish child custody / visitation based on what will be in the better interest of the minor child.
Also, if the father has caused harm to the minor child in the past, then a police report can be filed and if the harm was serious, the father might be arrested for child abuse and the criminal court might issue a restraining order against the father which would prevent the father from having any contact with the child, until the criminal case is resolved.
I wish you the best of luck!