I am a single mom with a new baby girl... and I would like to know... if something were to happen to me, would her father automaticly get custody. If he gets put on the birth certificate and faithfully pays child support, and has visitation rights. If not or if so can someone who is not the childs next of kin, but is my choice of guardian, fight for and or recieve full custody? P.S. the father is a career Marine and has seen her for 4 min. in her entire life and has not shelled out a single dime. the chosen guardian is for all intensive purposes her surrogate grandmother. and my family has no interest in the baby.