In Pennsylvania, as in the rest of the country, family structures are changing. While many may follow a traditional route and get married, many couples have children without entering into matrimony with one another.
Having a child is often the most important day in the lives of their parents. Whether the couple is married, divorced, or never married one another in the first place, a father's right to remain an active part of his children's life is important. A child needs the affection, attention and encouragement from both of their parents to flourish, and the parent's relationship with one another should not affect that bond.
It is common these days for children to be born to couples who are not married. As a result, there is no automatic assumption regarding the paternity of the child, like there would be if the parents were married. This isn't always a problem, but it can become one if the unmarried couple ever break-up. That is why it is crucial for fathers in Pennsylvania to establish paternity.