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Absent the establishment of paternity
, an unmarried father has no parental rights
as he is not legally recognized as the father.
When a child's parents are unmarried the mother
has sole custody
unless the father takes some action to establish his paternity. If no paternity is established, the father has no rights to see the child.
Once paternity is established, both the father and the mother will have equal rights to custody of the child.
Therefore, the first thing that you must do is establish paternity. To do this you must file a paternity action unless paternity is acknowledged on the birth certificate.
If paternity has been established, absent a court order concerning the child, both the mother and the father have equal rights. Each parent, absent a custody order or court proceeding, has the right to relocate or travel with his child as he sees fit.