With many couples choosing to cohabitate and forgo the tradition of marriage, the number of unmarried fathers has skyrocketed. Last year, the federal government reported that 40.7% of all 2012 births were “out-of-wedlock.” In Pennsylvania, paternity is automatically established if the parents of a child are married, but the same is not true when the parents are unmarried. For unmarried fathers who wish to have the full benefits and legal rights of fatherhood, it is imperative that paternity be established. While every child has a biological father, not every child has a “legal” father. So, how does an unmarried father go from “baby’s daddy” to “legal” parent?

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