Gone are the days when a typical Washington family consisted of a married couple with children. Today many unmarried couples are having children, which can cause future legal issues if the parents end their relationship. Read on to learn more about this common family law issue and what needs to be done to ensure everyone's rights are protected.
When couples are married and have children, paternity is presumed. But when the couple is unmarried, the law does not presume that the boyfriend is the father. Therefore, the man must acknowledge that he is the father of the child by signing a document. This will name both parents on the baby's birth certificate. This is important in the event of a split because the father will then be eligible to receive visitation rights as well as child support and custody.