May 15th, 2014
03:17 PM ET

Paternity Precedent: Actor Jason Patric Can Now Seek Custody of Son

Thanks to a landmark paternity decision, actor Jason Patric is now one step closer to seeing his four-year-old son Gus.

A California appeals court Wednesday reversed an earlier decision that said Patric couldn't seek custody.

That previous decision said because Patric and his ex-girlfriend conceived with in virto fertilization and they didn't have a signed contract agreeing to co-parenting, Patric didn't have paternity rights.

Wednesday's ruling opens up the precedent that sperm donors can appeal to take larger paternal roles.

And it means Patric can now present his case for custody in another court.

He'll be able to bring photos, videos, and other proof to a new judge that he is more than Gus's biological parent, but a father invested in being a part of his son's life -

"Everything that a father or a parent would have with their child I have. I was not able to show that in court before and now I can't wait to have that moment."

On "New Day" Thursday, Patric said it's been over a year since he's seen Gus.

"The last time I saw him, he said 'I'm missing you, Dadda.' I said 'I'll see you tomorrow,' and I've never seen him again."

Patric made that promise back in 2012.

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READ: The court decision

READ:  Jason Patric: Custody fight is for my son

See Patric's organization Stand up for Gus

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  1. James

    Stories like this are more prevalent then than you would expect.
    I dealt with similar issues here in NYC Family court for 9.5 years.
    It broke me Financially, emotionally, and the lost work days destroyed my business.
    The system is broken and very few attorneys are willing to fight the system or be part of trying to help make any changes.
    Wish that http://standupforgus.com was around 14 years ago. Last time I saw my daughter was 6 years ago.

    May 18, 2014 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  2. Bill

    This man is an inspiration. He has made his life about his child and other children facing the same alienation. It gives me strength to fight for my girls. Thank God the Courts finally got something right

    May 15, 2014 at 5:44 pm | Reply

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