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How does an unmarried father gain parental rights? Part 2

Paternity is the establishment of formal legal rights between a father and his child. It gives reciprocal rights to the child and the father (and the mother). Therefore, establishing paternity carries serious financial and legal consequences. As discussed in a previous post, paternity is generally automatically established. Usually, because the father is married to the mother or because the father is present during the birth of the child and signs an acknowledgment form. This post will address the less common methods that are used to establish paternity.

How does an unmarried father gain parental rights? Part 1

Couples are having children outside of marriage more and more often. These changing demographics place new strains on the judicial system as it tries to cope with this phenomenon. Traditionally, most parental rights are established based upon marriage. If a child was born to a married couple, it was presumed to be the progeny of both parents. The burden was on the married father to prove he wasn't the father. Similarly, if a man other than the married father claims to be the father ? he would also have a serious legal burden to overcome.

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