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Old 06-15-2011, 08:42 PM
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Well Guys thanks for the words of advice and experience!

Ive been thinking hard about this and one big problem I have with the mess is I do not want to be a half way dad. It would kill me and be the outcome Im least comfortable living with. I grew up with a single mom, whos awesome, and know its not easy. She never went after my dad for CS and he was nice to contribute when he could. My dad and I have a stained relationship..

There is an alternative to this that I hadnt really considered but has gained a lot of traction with me and completely boosted my self esteem..

Theres an Ace up my sleeve and that would be to go and get full custody of the child. I can make a very solid case for this as Im quite stable and could provide an excellent life for any kid. I have 2 careers, some property and an amazing family behind me.

The girl is still in school, Studying at the UBC in kelowna.. Pretty hard to manage that while raising a little girl on your own wouldnt you say?
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Old 06-15-2011, 08:51 PM
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Confused and lost,
"To go and get full custody..." is NOT an ace up your sleeve pal. Your not going to get custody. If you think you can you are delusional.
1) get the paternity test done and find out if you are a father or not.
2) Do you have any "experience raising children on your own? if not don't pass judgment on this soon to be mother's ability to parent. In all likelihood she will do a great job as a mother
3) with "two careers" on the go where are you finding the time to "daddy?
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:02 PM
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For sure, until a paternity test is done, all I can do is speculate..

Im not trying to pass judgement of the moms ability to raise a child, but I would (speculating) question her ability to raise the funds required to provide all on her own if (speculating) she feels she needs my help.

As for my 2 careers.. I have 1 full time job, and family members just looking for someone to take care of during the day. Im versatile in the work force though, and despite the recent slowdown and future economic uncertainty, I have and will remain able to get by quite well.

I would like to know why you dont think I do have a shot at raising a child if it turns out to be mine. I understand mothers get all law on their side, but (still speculating) this could be something she could agree to as well.

Calling me delusional for believing Im a responsible caring adult that actually wants to do the right thing in the end is kind of hurtful. Youve never met me and Im really pretty awesome to sum it up
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:21 PM
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Why are you (speculating) about the soon to be mother's abilities? That's you not me doing that. Has either one of you has raised children yet? Mom seems to be working hard at obtaining a degree to support herself and a growing family. Is that a liability to her?
Lastly, your views revealed tell tale hypocrisy with you "and family members just looking for someone to take care of during the day"..... is this your idea of parenting? ....dumping junior off at relatives during the day ???

You say you want to do the right thing....taking a child away from a loving parent is always the wrong thing. You claim how can mom take care of baby if she is at school all day and then you say if baby was with you "relatives" will take of baby during the day. That's hypocritical of you!. I really don't think you are thinking clearly about any of this.
Tell me when do you think you will get "full custody" soon as baby is years old?...two year old?
Good luck to you
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Old 06-15-2011, 11:18 PM
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Ok staysingle, Ill try to give you some more info im not speculating on..

In my original post I mentioned the situation im facing is a girl just came to me and said she does not know who the father of her 4 month old infant is. She has a strong inclination its me, but there is another potential party involved and that guy is in Australia. It seems mom slept around. And I am trying to do the right thing by at least taking the first step and completely agreeing to a pat test. I wonder what went on for the past year and for it to end with the supposed dad that took a pat test after the child was born and revealed it was the wrong guy.

What I do know of the mom is she goes to school in kelowna and lives in a house with other students. Her mom has been supportive and lives in Calgary and her dad has been very unsupportive and lives in ontario.

I dont believe its very hypocritical to bring up that my family is supportive of me and whatever outcome happens. Family does come together at times like these and you find out just how much support you have.

What would be a more ideal situation for a child during the day? Dump them in daycare with strangers? Single parent families seem to be more common these days. Calling me delusional and a hypocrite isnt really constructive criticism or very helpful advice. In the end I came on here hoping to find out some advice from other adults facing difficult times, and what my rights and responsibilities are.
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Old 06-15-2011, 11:21 PM
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Another bit of info im not speculating on is this news has come and felt like a train derailment to both me and for sure the mom. Who in their right mind would want to be in this situation and what good person would not want the best possible outcome for everyone involved
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Old 06-16-2011, 12:10 AM
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Give yourself a few days to get over the shock a bit more, would be my first advice. You are still processing the news and how it might change your life. Once it settles a bit better, once you start moving beyond any hard feelings about how she may have deceived you over the last year, then you will be in a better spot to decide what to do.

Step one, get the paternity test done. Step two, prepare yourself for the possibility of a lengthy child support commitment. If the child is yours, that's your obligation, even if it turns out you never see her.

Step three, think of what is best for the child, should it turn out you are the father. Poor thing is going to be in a hard place all her life just because of the circumstances of her conception, which is not her fault in the least. The best thing for a child is to grow up knowing both parents love her and to have contact with both of them. If you spurn the mother and just send a CS cheque every month, your daughter will wonder why you never cared to do more, and if you hate her. If you fight for full custody and rip her from her mother, she'll grow up with a resentment for that, no matter how many more opportunities you think you can provide for her, or how much better you think it would be for her mother not to be saddled with this baby.

If you don't want to be a halfway dad, move to BC, and work on shared custody arrangements. If that's unworkable, figure out something with the mother where you can both raise the little girl despite being at different ends of the country. Maybe you have her during school terms and the mother has her during summer when she's off school, and you adapt as the mother graduates and your daughter grows up. The mother is not your enemy, not someone you are trying to fight. You barely know her, and she's certainly in a bad spot right now, what with her boyfriend dumping her after finding out she lied to him about being the dad. She probably panicked when she found out she was pregnant, made some mistakes to deal with it then, and now she's just as desperately trying to find a way to cope with her current situation. Can't you discuss this with her and find a way to collaborate?

Good luck!
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Old 06-16-2011, 12:48 AM
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Thanks Roie

I really do need to talk to the mom. She is currently visiting with her dad who still thinks the other guy is the father and just left them. I have been asked to kinda law low in the mean time.

My emotions are brewing and Im trying to collect as much input and guidance as possible. My mom has been epic and really awesome. Ive been coming to her with problems for years, it seemed like this was no surprise to her lol.

Its a well made point, and I dont enjoy the idea of tearing a child away from their mom. Im sure once the shock settles in and I realize this is how it is ill find a way to accept reality that life just isnt fair sometimes.

I would like to add that this girl and I may find a way to reach an agreement. She doesnt seem unreasonable.. but its difficult to trust right now. I feel like my attitude and ideas have changed a few times in a very short period of time. I guess time is all thats needed and the right path will be shown eventually.
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Old 06-16-2011, 02:03 PM
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It seems mom slept around did you. You had a one night stand with someone you don't know and didn't protect either one of you. Obviously she has the burden of walking around pregnant and now with a newborn so she just can't hide it as well as you can.

I think you need to consider that its highly unlikely that a woman who has bonded with a small baby is going to hand them over to their bio-father in another province. Particularly since she barely knows you. I've given birth a couple times and I can tell you that it tends to lead to the woman being a little

That being said, you may be a father and should consider helping in whatever way you can and exercising your rights to have access to your child. Its unfortunate that you aren't closer because its harder to have a child for the summer, for instance, when its a very small child. That being said, I'm sure there's lots of options for you to work something out and maybe avoid having to go to extreme legal means to do it. Since she's in school, maybe there is a chance that she could move closer to you and register/attend school where you are so that you can both see the child? It would be nice for her too since perhaps your family could help with child care while she's taking classes and studying?

Best of luck..and next time, wrap that thing up.
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