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Dear Attorneys,

My ex-girlfriend announced she was pregnant about a week after we broke up. I’m fairly positive that the baby is mine. I’ve tried to reach out a few times now, but she just keeps ignoring me. If the baby is mine, I want to be a part of his life. How do I get to have parenting time with him?


Potentially Paternal

Dear Potentially,

Congratulations! (potentially). Ultimately, you cannot have parenting time until you determine paternity. If your ex-girlfriend will not cooperate with a paternity acknowledgement or paternity test, then you will need to file a petition in probate court. After you have a hearing, so long as you can prove by clear and convincing evidence that you are likely the father of the child, the Court will issue an Order for a paternity test to be done. So long as the test indicates that you are the father, there will then be an acknowledgement of paternity. Once you have that, you can file a custody application to request visitation in Superior Court. It is sometimes a lengthy process, but it is worth it to be a part of your child’s life.

Remember, you don’t have to navigate this challenging situation alone. Seek support from experienced professionals who can guide you through the legal process and help you make informed decisions. Wolf & Shore Law Group is here to help you make your family law matters easier, not harder.  We are realistic and direct with our clients. We encourage potential clients to seek out a firm where they will feel comfortable and confident. Ever argue with a woman? Let Wolf & Shore Law Group go to work for you. Call us at 203.745.3151 or email us at

Very Truly Yours,

Wolf & Shore Law Group

*The situations represented in our Dear Attorneys column are entirely fictional and any resemblance to a specific case is unintentional. We cannot, and will not, offer legal advice to anyone who is not a client. However, if you do have questions or concerns, you should contact an attorney at your convenience.

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