Q: I have been a single mother ever since I found out I was two weeks pregnant because the father wanted me to terminate my pregnancy, my son will be three years old next month. His father has been very absent since he found out I was pregnant, he only shows up during tax season, he leaves whenever I decline wanting to be in a relationship with him due to the fact that he is a very aggressive man and he begins threatening me with custody just so that I will stay. He has a son who is 4 with another woman to which he has always been there for since he found out about the pregnancy. I am the only parent present in my child’s life, I have given this man many opportunities to be in my son’s life but he has never taken them. I have been the only one buying and giving my son love and attention as well as food, toys, clothes, etc. He has seen him about four to five times within these 3 years. He has never taken care of my son’s needs whether it be buying him the necessaries or giving him love and affection. I am unemployed but my parents help me out economically, I am currently job hunting. He was fired for fighting and he has many enemies that tent to jump him no matter whom he is with.
A: David’s Answer: It doesn’t seem from this that he’d be able to get custody or even joint custody. Those usually presume the Father’s been a big part of the child’s life. Schedule a consult with a Bronx Child Custody attorney for a full assessment.