The signing of a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity is an unwed father’s first legal act of fatherhood; without it, he has none of the legal rights or responsibilities of parenthood. It is also a milestone opportunity for an unmarried father to demonstrate his commitment to his child. Why do some unmarried dads not sign the acknowledgment of paternity form?
For more about paternity establishment, see our recent series of related briefs below or go to our Paternity Establishment research page:
- Who Establishes Paternity?
- Why Parents Establish Paternity
- Fathers in the First Few Months: A Study of Unmarried Fathers and Their Children
- How Unmarried Fathers Support Their Children