How Can I Track Down the Father of My Unborn Baby?

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“I got pregnant and I don’t live with the father of my baby. We both live in Orlando, FL. He’s my neighbor. These apartments will be condos and his lease term is due soon. I know he’s moving because he will not buy. I’ve been trying to contact him but it’s been impossible. I called him and even sent text messages but he won’t return them. I’m afraid he’s going to move without telling me where to find him when the baby’s born. The only information I have about him is his name but I think that’s not enough to find him if he decides to disappear. Can something be done if I contact a lawyer before he leaves?”

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There is a lot of information here which is missing, making a useful answer a bit difficult. For example, does he know that you are pregnant? And when are you due?

Unfortunately, until the baby is born there is very little that you can do, as you don’t actually have any legal standing to file any sort of action under the law until the baby is born. But if you are due soon, you may want to visit an attorney now to discuss with them your options; for example the attorney could send a registered letter to the baby’s father explaining that you want him to be involved in the baby’s life, that he’s entitled to a paternity test when the baby is born, etc..

In any event, under a worst-case scenario, once the baby is born you will be able to file a paternity action, and at that point your attorney can contact the condo sales office and request the father’s new address and other details for you.

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Author: Anne P. Mitchell, Esq.

Anne P. Mitchell, Esq. is a noted family law expert, Internet law expert, and Professor of Law at Lincoln Law School of San Jose. She is the author of "Surviving Divorce: the Single Father's Guide" and "The Email Deliverability Handbook"

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