Unable to secure a court date before the holidays, Pauly hoped Amanda Markert, an ex-Hooters waitress with whom he had a fling in summer 2012, would still let him see their daughter Amabella for Christmas -- but she allegedly nixed the planned visitation.
"The two were set to meet up around Christmas, but Amanda stood him up," the source revealed to Radar.
"He had all of Amabella's Christmas gifts, so he was really upset."
The source added, “Pauly has been trying to set up a second meeting, but Amanda and her attorney keep denying the visits. He didn't want to get the courts involved, but she's given him no choice."
The pair are expected to meet in court later in January.
"Pauly hopes the judge will mandate custody time," the source added.
Needless to say, it has been very frustrating for the new dad; Radar caught up with Pauly at a charity event on Nov. 21 — 15 days after he met Amabella for the first time.
“I want to see her as much as possible, but it’s a process.”