Paternity Cases for Unmarried Fathers
An unwed Father who demonstrates full commitment to parenthood acquires substantial protection in the law regarding the child. An unwed Father must have a court order to obtain a legal right or responsibility regarding his child, even though a DNA paternity test has shown that he is the biological father. An unwed father must obtain a legal Declaration of Paternity from a Family Court regardless of the DNA paternity test results or whether he has signed the birth certificate. A birth certificate is merely a recording device which indicates the acknowledgement of the unwed father as the child’s father.
An unwed Father’s steps to assert his parental rights are insufficient to protect his relationship unless accompanied by a prompt, good-faith effort to assume responsibility for either a financial contribution to the child’s welfare or assistance in paying for the birth mother’s pregnancy or child birth expenses.