So basically I’ve been fighting with the mother of my son for time with him. She denies and decides when I take him, for how long, and always last minute. She’s also denied my name on his birth certificate and the continuation of his medical coverage (health insurance through my work)and she doesn’t work. I just want to know what would it take to get joint custody so that I can have my son every other week and cover his health insurance.
The first thing that needs to happen in an unmarried situation is that you need file a petition with the court to establish paternity, custody, parenting time and child support. This process can be cumbersome and lengthy but when done you will have a court order for parenting time. Shared physical custody will depend upon many factors but is very common today for dads. I recommend that you review the fathers rights information on website and also download this eBook for dads going through divorce and custody matters.