As a legally established parent in maryland, his rights to the child are equal to yours.
What are his legal rights to visitation and custody?
No, becase there is no court order requiring you to do so.
If I need to cancel a day with them am I legally obligated to let them make it up? Can he petition for legal visitation or custody?
He will be granted some visitation. Because of the status quo, you will likely get physical custody. Unless you can prove him unfit, legal custody wiill be shared.
What is the likelihood he would be granted these rights?
Only if you can prove it, and that he is a danger to the child.
Will his drug abuse factor in to the judges decision?
both of you have equal legal rights to the child. You just have a greater advantage because the child lives with. You do not have to allow him visitation if you do not want to if there is no court order. If you are going to allow him to visit, continue to keep it supervised. An order for child support order does not determine custody. Maryland statutes give equal rights to both legal parents, meaning, if you sent the child to him, he could very well keep the child and withold the baby from you, and file for custody. It sounds unfair, but it has happened.
Do I currently have the legal right to make all the rules regarding his visitation, ie: when, where, supervised or not?
Last edited by truebluemd; 03-05-2009 at 10:32 AM.
I'm only speaking from experience, and i still have a lot to learn!