Children of Unwed Spouses Under 30 is a New Norm

Pierre Domercq Paternity

The realities of children born to unwed parents have substantially changed in the past several years. A recent study noted that more than half of the births to women in the United States under the age of the 30 happen outside of marriage. Almost 60 percent of children born in the US have married parents. A larger percentage are born to unwed parents and this trend is an additional sign that a generational shift may be underway.
There are legal issues to consider if you are the unwed father of a child. In California, the unwed mother of a child has all custody rights unless the father establishes “paternity” in a legal course of action. This applies to physical custody of the child and the ability to move out of the area or out of state without permission of the baby’s father.
Even if you filled out paperwork at the hospital and are listed on the birth certificate as the father, you still need to contact the attorneys at Burke & Domercq to establish legal paternity and seek orders from the court to protect your rights to see your child and participate in important decisions regarding the health, education and religious upbringing of the child.
The process of proving paternity is quite straight forward these days, the legal process requires an experienced Carlsbad and North County family law attorney. DNA swabs of the inner cheek of the father and baby confirm paternity. Once this is established our attorneys will work to seek orders for custody and parenting time based upon the wishes of our clients.
It doesn’t matter if the parties are in a good relationship, a cooperative partnership or at odds with one another. Paying child support does not establish custody rights. The long term rights of an unwed father must be sought and protected through the paternity process. We invite you to review the recommendations of our clients and contact us or call 760-712-3741 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced attorneys.
Learn more about paternity, your rights as an unwed father and the steps required to ensure you have the opportunity and legal right to take an active role in your child’s life.