Frequently Asked Questions

As an unmarried father, what rights do I have to my child?

Technically, an unmarried father has the same rights that a married father has. In practice, though, unmarried fathers often have to litigate aggressively to be allowed to exercise their parental rights. The West Virginia State Supreme Court ruled that "...The instant a child is born, both biological parents, even though not married, have a right to establish a parent-child relationship."

From 'Legal Precedent For Unwed Fathers'.