Kind of new to this whole thing but I'm hoping someone out there can help me!
My partner has a beautiful little girl, who is now 6 months old. Unfortantely before she was born, he and his partner ended their relationship. He is on the birth certificate, pays her child support as well as an extra payment straight into her bank account every week etc, has always been to visit his baby girl every chance he gets.. until now.
Baby's Mummy has since started dating another man, which is when things have gone weird. My partner is now being turned down every time he asks if he can go and spend time with baby, and the excuses are beginning to get slightly pathetic. Since the get go he hasn't been allowed to see the baby, unless he goes to her house which obviously isn't the most comfortable situation to be in.. and now even that isn't allowed. She has begun using the excuse that she is still breastfeeding, so baby can't be away from her at all as she is feeding on demand. The problem with that is she has spoken on several occasions with a mutual friend about how great it is that she hasn't been breastfeeding for a month now, etc etc. It also seems a bit strange that this particular excuse has only been used for the past couple of weeks, surely if that was the real reason she was denying access she would of said so from the beginning?
Basically I'm asking if anyone knows what his rights would be as a father when it comes to visitation. Myself, and his family have advised that he speak to a lawyer, however I think he is still wishing and hoping that everything can be settled in a mutual agreement between the two and the courts won't have to be involved. He understands that because she is so young night visits would probably be out of the question right now, all he is asking is for day visits, where he can take baby out and allow bonding time without feeling uncomfortable. He knows how important it is to step up to the plate and do what he needs to do for his child, and it's heartbreaking to see that baby's Mum wont let him.
Has anyone else been in a similiar situation? Or offer some advice, legal or not?