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Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Monday, June 16, 2014

Unmarried Fathers' Rights

From Professor Clare Huntington (Fordham Law), writing for the New York Times:

The fathers’ rights movement contends that the treatment of fathers and mothers is unequal under the law, but the real difference is between married and unmarried fathers.

My research shows that family law makes it much harder for unmarried fathers to sustain a relationship with their children. In most states, if a child is born to married parents, the mother’s husband is automatically established as the legal father. By contrast, unmarried fathers have to take additional steps to establish parentage.

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I didn't realize that there was such a difference between wed and unwed couples. I guess it makes sense to have the unmarried father jump through more hoops if he really does want to be apart of the child's life. Make sure they really want to stay connected.
Tom Stubbs |

Posted by: Tom Stubbs | Jun 16, 2014 3:25:39 PM

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