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What happens when the father isn't married to the mother

Roughly 40 percent of children born in Texas and throughout America are born to unmarried parents. However, even if a child is born to parents who aren't married, the mothers are not necessarily granted sole custody of the child. In some states, they must formally request it, and the father may also have custody or visitation rights if he is fit to have them. Furthermore, paternity must be established before a father can obtain rights to a child.

If a person is determined to be a child's father, he generally has the ability to be put on the baby's birth certificate. Father's may also be declared a child's father if he signs a form acknowledging this to be the case. In Oklahoma, the mother is assumed to have sole custody in the event that there is no father on the birth certificate and it is unknown who the father is.

Parents may be given various custody or visitation rights to a child depending on their ability to provide for that child. As a general rule, it is best for the child to have both parents in his or her life. This may be true even if the mother doesn't like the father or vice versa. Those who are seeking legal or physical custody or other rights to a child may benefit from hiring an attorney.

An attorney may be able to help a parent prepare for a custody hearing or a paternity test. This person may also help a parent gather evidence that he or she is fit to be a parent. Evidence may include proof of a steady job, a safe home or other ties to the community. These items may show that a parent can provide a stable environment a child can thrive in.

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