Louise Burke is our Single Parenting and Relationships expert she has been supporting separated parents for over 10 years.
Louise is a member of The British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists with additional training in drug and alcohol addictions, domestic abuse, spiritual counselling and a specialism in working with people who have suffered sexual abuse.
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Louise offers personalised email advice and will respond within 7 working days.
My girlfriend and I have split up. She is pregnant and she says I am not going to be allowed to be part of my baby’s life. What are my rights?
The “rights” are all the child’s rather than yours. A child has a right to a relationship with its parents provided it is safe to do so. You are able to apply through a court to have your name put on the birth certificate and to have defined parenting time, once the baby has been born. However, it is far better to negotiate this yourself. Your girlfriend may be thinking that withholding contact is punishing you for what happened between you. Show her that you are the bigger person, write a calm letter to her saying that you appreciate that things did not work out for the two of you but you would like to be an involved dad and wish to sort out time with the child and financial support. Offer to meet with a third party present if that is what she prefers, click here to find a local mediator.
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