My question involves a child custody case from the State of: California
My daughter is almost 9 years old and has only met her bio father once when she was 5 months old. here's a little background.
I initially told the bio that I was pregnant but after getting punched in the stomach by him i left him and hid the pregnancy.
I listed the father as "UNKNOWN" on the birth certificate.
I told him about her when she was 5 months old and he visited her once, and never made another attempt to see her. I talked to him for years after over email and he never once asked about her which i have emails to prove. for years i gave him opportunity to see her but after he made no attempt i cut off all ties and decided i didn't want a off and on kind of father for my daughter.
Now she is 8 1/2 years old, My husband has been in her life since she was 10 months old, we decided to raise her as my husband being her father, while my husband is her father since he raised her, she has no clue that my husband is not her bio father.
I received a phone call recently for a paternity test , I was advised by an attorney that I had to go to this and I did so. I think my ex is going for visitation and i have no idea what rights he has, I don't think he should have any rights since he clearly chose not to be in her life. It would be devastating to my daughter to have to be put through this and it would not be in her best interest. I do have on my side the fact that he doesn't know my address therefor he cannot serve me. what are my options?