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Mothers usually have more rights before a child's birth

When you find out that you are going to become a father, your thoughts probably go toward what you are going to do for your child once he or she is born. Most fathers want what is best for their child and are willing to do what they have to do to make that happen. For some fathers, their hands are tied for a bit. This is because the mother of the child has almost sole rights to determine what happens to the child while she is pregnant.

That is hard for some men to understand, but the legal premise for it is that the woman has control over her body. Since her body is the one that is carrying the child, she gets to make the decisions about what is going to happen.

While the woman is still pregnant, it is possible for you to show her support in many ways. You can pay some or all of her medical care. You can offer to go with her to doctor visits, but you should be prepared to wait outside during the visit, or portions of it, if she asks you to.

Another thing that you should be aware of is that you won't be able to access the woman's test results. Privacy laws say that she can tell you what the results are, but that the doctor's office or other medical facilities aren't able to release her information.

If you think that there are extenuating circumstances that must be considered in your case, you might need to seek out answers. In some cases, you might be able to petition the court for assistance with getting disagreements handled.

Source: FindLaw, "Fathers' Rights Before Birth," accessed Nov. 04, 2016

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