My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Utah
I am 22 years old. I have no family here in the state of Utah. I am currently living with my boyfriend (27 years old) of 5 months. I am 14 weeks pregnant. Even though this pregnancy was planned our relationship seems to be falling apart lately. It has become verbally abusive and somewhat physical. I found out that my boyfriend is married 2 weeks after I moved in. I chose to stay because I thought we all have a past and gave him a chance. He had explain to me that it was never a marriage. When he was 21 years old he got in trouble with the law and at that time he was with this woman who was pregnant with a child that was not his. He had used her as an excuse to get out of jail sooner but the judge would not let him out till he legally marry her. He has not been with her and seen her for over a year. I tried to understand his situation and what had happened. He told me that he will get the divorce papers taken cared of. I waited for 5 months, I have been on his case every chance I get. She gave him a hard time because she wanted money but now that everything is signed, all he needs to do is file it but we are currently tight on money. He is the only one that is working full-time. I know he is trying his best to fix the situation but because of it we have been stressed and constantly fighting and I am afraid that he would hurt me again. He is verbally abusive and sometimes physical. I am so confused whether to stay or leave him. I want him to take care of his divorce before the baby is born. I am a product of a broken home and I do not want that for my child. I am scared to raised my child by myself but if I have to I will do everything I can. All I want is to have a family of my own without having to worry about other people interfering. I guess what I want to know is what if I decide to leave him and go back to my family in California. Does he have a chance to take my child away from me? and what are the laws? If he is married to someone else and gave his last name to the child that was not even his. Do I have to put his name on the birth certificate? Do I have to give my child his last name? What are my rights as the mother of my unborn child?