How custody might impact state or federal assistance programs.
How to Protect Your Child Custody Case as a Never-Married Parent
For fathers, the single most important thing to do in a custody case involving parents who never married is to make sure you have established your legal paternity.
Without legally establishing that you are the parent of your child, it is extremely difficult to create a convincing case in court for any sort of custody.
From the Maryland court’s perspective, without legal paternity, you’re effectively a stranger wanting to shelter and raise a child that you have no natural right to parent.
Once you established your legal paternity and parental rights, you may want to consider the ways in which you can prove that you can provide a stable and loving home for your child.
Just as with a regular custody case, the courts will heavily weigh the relationship a potential caregiver has with the child in question. Just love your child and be the absolute best parent you can be, with the restrictions that may currently be in place.