Can my ex-girlfriend that is pregnant keep me from going to my child's doctors appointments ?
2 Answers from Attorneys
Yes... she has a right of privacy. Once the child is born, you can Petition the Court to Establish Paternity... then you may obtain rights regarding the child's medical condition... but not your ex-girlfriend's medical condition.
While I cannot file a lawsuit to force her to allow you, I have in the past contacted the mother-to-be in this situation, and "leaned" on her to allow your presence. I do beleive that if she unreasonably restricts your presence at the birth of your child, it is a point to bring up if we do ever end up in fron tof a Judge. NOT A HUGE POINT, but at least something the Judge should know.
We can certainly help you consider and then pursue your options for this issue, as well as custody, parenting time, and support. This is obviously a very important matter, and you should not go in alone.
One of our attorneys can explain the issues and procedures better in person. As you can imagine, there is too much to cover via email. We offer free 1/2 hour consultations, in which we can discuss your matter in detail.
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/s/Rich J. Peters
Attorney at Law
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Phoenix, Arizona 85004