How Can I Get Parentage Rights if We’re Not Married?

"My ex-girlfriend is pregnant with our child, but she refuses to speak to me right now, and I’m worried I won’t be able to see our child when he’s born. What can I do?"

In cases where the parents are unmarried, it is important to seek out the advice and potential representation of an lawyer, as these cases can be fairly adversarial, complex, and require at least one court appearance. These cases are called parentage or paternity cases, and require the court to make a determination of the child’s legal parents., This can be more difficult in a case where the parents are not married when the child is born. In those cases, the child does not have a legal father until the parentage is established by a court. Even if the father can prove that he is the biological parent to the child, he will not have any rights or duties to the child – including visitation or child support – unless his parentage is established legally, which will require court intervention.

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