New Mexico  |  Family Law

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Asked on: 4/10/01, 1:16 am

Rights of Unwed Fathers

My son has been involved in a mostly off, then on again relationship with the mother of his 5 year old daughter since her conception. They were both teens at the time of her birth. ''Mom'' has always threatened to withdraw visitation each time she is not pleased with his behavior, thus his continual return to a doomed relationship. Not considering details such as parental mental health, what are his basic rights as the biological father in NM?

He has always provided child support and has been as involved in the life of the child, as allowed. ''Mom'' has recently refused visitation again, and we would like to put a stop to the see-saw effect of her moods. If mental health IS considered- ''Mom'' has had suicidal bouts since before meeting with ''Dad'' and is a fulltime student on welfare(4 yrs with no cert. or degree yet), and ''Dad'' is a recovering alcoholic, who has never hurt his child, but is being accused of being a threat, nonetheless, and is employed. Help?

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