does anyone know the law in australia regarding rights/custody of a biological father who has never met or acknowledged his child and is not listed on the birth certficate?
My ex left when I was 5 months pregnant with my now 6 year old.
he has never acknowledged her, asked anything about her, asked to see a photo of her or even sent a birthday card to her. he is also not listed on her birth certificate.
I assumed because of this that I had both sole and physical custody and that he had no rights at all.
Someone has told me that I actually do not have sole legal or physical custody and the only way that I could have that would be for a court to award that to me...
I am really confused... in the eyes of the law so I have sole custody?
does he have rights?
if so, what rights does he have?
could he decide to just go and pick her up from school one day or knock on my door and expect to see her?
could he just decide one day to take me to court for joint custody?
where do i stand and what are his rights?
does anyone know?