Hi! I just joined the group. I have been looking for a group to join for some advice/help for a long time. This looks like a great fit I hope!
I will try not to run on and be too talkative but I am going to be a 23 single mother. I was with the father for a short time and suffered with his alcoholic tendancies and split personality. He has never been physically abusive but was a very negative influence on my mental and emotional well-being for many many reasons. We split up about 2 months before I even knew I was pregnant. (I didnt know until about 3 and 1/2 months that I even was!) I did end up telling him about it due to what I felt was obligation. I believe he atleast deserves to know. However, I do not want him involved in any aspect of this pregnancy or the babys life.
Before anyone gets upset, I will never restrict my child from meeting his father. I just believe that it should be later in the child's life. I do not trust the father to keep the child and also believe him to be a strong flight risk. He has gotten 2 DUI's in the last year, has been fired from his job twice for his temper, and overall has many split-personality tendancies as mentioned before.
Due to this situation, I am finding it hard to get information about what my rights are as a single, pregnant mother, and also what his would be if he wants to have the child in his life. Does anyone have a good resource that I can read/look into regarding the rights of each parent in the state of CO? I am definitely going to be doing the pregnancy without him, the child with share my last name, and I will be the only name on the birth certificate. But I worry that he will try to come around and be involved after the child is born, and I would just like to know what his legal rights are.
Please let me know!! Anything is appreciated!!!! :) Thank You