What Paternity Rights Do Unmarried Fathers Have?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 28, 2020 5:14:52 AM ET

Unmarried fathers have paternity rights that include the right to visitation, shared custody and making decisions about the child's welfare, states About.com. They also have the right to establish a substantial relationship with their children and be actively involved in their upbringing. Specific rights of unmarried fathers vary between states, says the Child Welfare Information Gateway.