I am a single mother in California. The father is not listed on the birth certificate and there has been no court documents to give him "legal" rights. My son is 9 months old and he was involved in his life for approx. the first 2 months of his life. He has acknowledged our child as being his own (ie telling people, posting pictures to his facebook, etc). He also gave me money when he was involved in our son's life.
My son's father has not seen him for 7 months now and I am considering filing for child support. He stressed to me the other day that he feels its in our son's best interest that he not be involved. Given the nature of our relationship I do not know if this is a scam on his part.
My question is- will I be able to file for willful abandonment and terminate his parental rights even though he has no "legal" rights in the eyes of the court? He has said he wants nothing to do with our child and his actions have reflected as such though I need to file for the support I need. Again, do to the nature of our relationship I know that him telling me certain things were to "eff with my head".