If I’m 16 years old and 36 weeks pregnant but the father of my unborn child wants custody of her, can he do this?

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If I’m 16 years old and 36 weeks pregnant but the father of my unborn child wants custody of her, can he do this?

He does not like my father. I live with my parents and he doesn’t want me or our daughter to live here with them. My dad drinks everyday and the baby, my younger brother, and myself would all have to share the same room.

Asked on August 23, 2012 under Family Law, Ohio

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, unless one parent or another is not deemed a fit parent, the policy is to allow both parents to have joint legal custody, but one parent having primary physical custody when the parents of the minor are not living with each other. Potentially the father of the child to be born may end up with joint legal custody of the child with you but you most likely will have sole physical custody for the near future.


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