My question involves paternity law for the State of: Arizona and Puerto Rico
Mother and child reside in Arizona, father in Puerto Rico.
I would like to know what rights if any I have to establish paternity of my son? He was born in inside a marriage and given the husbands last name. My son is almost 6 years old. When he was born she hinted that he could have been my son, but never agreed to a paternity test. After 2 years of nagging she finally agreed to a paternity test without her husbands consent in '07. It came back positive as me being the biological father. Her husband recently found out the truth and they got divorced giving her full paternity rights to my son. Since '07 I've been supporting my son financially and I've only been able to see him 3 times. I have tried to talk to her about me establishing legal rights over him and she says no. I want his name changed, my name on his birth certificate and have legal rights to him, but she is denying me this even though I've been supporting him financially. I spoke to a lawyer a few years ago and he informed me that its best that I just forget the whole thing and move on with my life, cause if she does not want me to establish paternity I have no legal or financial obligation to him. But I can't just forget that I have a son! Can I start a legal proceeding to establish this? Or would I have to depend on her to start it? Since I've been denied my rights to him as his biological father, I would eventually like to gain full custody of him, would it be possible?