As a North Carolina Child Custody Attorney, I get a significant amount of questions regarding paternity and legitimation.
Establishing paternity is a legal process for making sure that the biological father of the child is the legal father as well, with equal legal rights of the mother. Unmarried couples have to take a few extra legal measures to make sure that their child’s paternity is established which are explained here.
Once paternity is established, the now legal father has all the rights and responsibilities of parenthood. He therefore has a right to custody, but also has a legal duty to pay child support.