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If couple live together 14 years have 2 kids and never marry,

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If couple live together 14 years have 2 kids and never marry, but father of child on birth cerificate does he have and parent rights if the couple splits up
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Parenting
Expert:  Bonnie replied 5 years ago.
Hello and thank you for consulting JA,
Sorry it took so long for this answer. My understanding is that a father has rights whether married to the mother or not. He needs to be "adjudicated" as the father in a paternity action in court (I think they use DNA testing). But, then, father has parenting rights and responsibilities (pay child support).

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