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Does my ex-boyfriend have any rights as a non biological father?

My ex-boyfriend has been with me since the pregnancy and has raised, loved, and financially supported my son as his own. We recently broke up and my son's biological Father does not want my ex-boyfriend to be in his life anymore for purely selfish reasons. Does my ex-boyfriend have any parental rights?

Beresford Booth PLLC
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You ex-boyfriend could argue he is a defacto parent and seek visitation via a non-parental custody action. Also, under the parenting plan, your time is your time. I would need more facts to adequately answer this question.

Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 8/24/2011

The Davies Law Firm, P.A.
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You need to talk this over with a family law and divorce attorney. You have some options here, and you need to know what your rights are.

Answer Applies to: New Jersey
Replied: 8/19/2011

Answer By Maury Beaulier
Beaulier Law Office
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He may have a right to visitation as a third party based on the care he provided over the years.

Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 8/17/2011

Answer By Jay W. Neff
Law Office of Michael W. Bugni
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Probably not. In general, biological parents take priority over all other parties, even other relatives, like grandparents. Since your boyfriend is not a biological relative of your son, he probably does not have any rights in your son. It may be possible for your boyfriend to have the court give him some rights to your son under a doctrine called de facto parent. However, this is likely to be a long and expensive court battle, with no guarantee of success.

Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 8/15/2011

Cody and Gonillo, LLP
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It appears he may have a claim for custody and/or visitation as he has had a parent/child like relationship with the child. Here are materials you may find useful: http://www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/Law/custody.htm

Answer Applies to: Connecticut
Replied: 8/15/2011

ROWE LAW FIRM
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Your "ex-boyfriend" has no "rights" regarding your son, but the "biological father" may have very little say in whether or how you allow the ex-boyfriend to visit with the child. You may certainly allow the ex-boyfriend to seen your son as you wish, although as your relationship has curtailed that may diminish. The danger in allowing your children to be exposed to your relationships that are not fully committed (unmarried relationships) is that he will suffer pain along with you when those relationships end. The biological father will have more say in custody/visitation if you have several boyfriends and breakups to which you expose the child.

Answer Applies to: Louisiana
Replied: 8/15/2011

441 Legal Group, Inc.
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Unfortunately in Florida he does not but your child's biological father unless he can show detriment to your child he wouldnt be able to stop you from allowing your ex from being a part of your child's life.

Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 8/15/2011

Answer By John Kirchner
John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
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No.

Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 8/14/2011

Answer By Roy L. Reeves
Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
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No, he does not have any parental rights, but you as a mother do and if you elect to allow him to remain part of your son's life that is your choice as a mother, bio-father can hug a tree.

Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 8/14/2011

Horizons Law Group, LLC
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Most likely not (through court system), but you do and you can help support his continued relationship with your ex-boyfriend when your son is with you.

Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
Replied: 8/14/2011

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