My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Tennessee
I was 16 when I met the dad and he was 38. He told me he was 29 so I'd go out with him. I didn't find out his real age untill 6 months later. I moved in with him and got pregnant. He's an alcoholic and does drugs and was very abusive. I also have pictures of my bruises and cuts from a few of the fights. I put up with it for a year, but when i was 3 months pregnant he jumped on my stomach and that was the final straw. Well, now that the baby is due in a few days he's threatening court to get custody.
He has a trailor but he has no job, no car, domestic abuse on his record(not from me) and numerous DUI's. My question is, if i put him on the birth certificate, here in Tennessee, does that give him any rights? And if he took me to court, whats the probability that he could get custody under the circumstances? I'm not against him seeing the baby, but the most i would want him to get is supervised visitations, being that i dont trust him alone with a baby.
I'm assuming my circumstances will look better in court. I know i'm young, but I'm now engaged to a man that does have a job and has always had a job, unlike the dad. Me and my fiance live with my grandparents in a nice home with an extra bedroom for the baby. SO can sum1 answer my questions please? Before the baby pops out?