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Q: My ex-girlfriend and I had a baby together in 2009, we live together and my name is on the baby's birth certificate. I found out she had been cheating on me with my boss and now I don't want to be with her anymore. I told her I was moving out and she told me that I would never get to see my kid again if I left. It's not my little guys fault his mom is a cheater, I still love him just not his mother. What can I do?
A: Sorry to hear about your bad luck. You need to establish paternity. Once you have established that the child is your child then you can get parental rights and all the privileges that go along with those rights. (i.e. custody or visitation) I would suggest you speak with a family lawyer in you geographical area. Make sure to ask if the lawyer specializes in family law, as it is a complicated and specialized area of the law. Often it has many court specific rules that need to be followed. Even if it may cost more money, hire someone that you feel is very knowledgeable and that you trust and get along with. You don't want someone that just dabbles in family law.