Question: Would the father of my child get equal rights as me?? Answer: Child support and custodial rights are two separate issues. You filing for child support would not automatically give him access or decision-making rights to your child. However, if you do file for child support, in my experience, he is likely to seek custody/visitation with the child. You should definitely consult an attorney to help you in this matter. The fact that you are a victim of domestic violence needs to be addressed in the court. Best of luck.