California families take many forms. While fewer couples elect to marry before starting a family, there are ways and good reasons to establish paternity even when parents are not legally wed. There are three ways that this can be done in this state.
When determining who is legally recognized as the parent of the child, it is often straightforward if the parents are married at the time of the child’s birth. California law generally assumes that the two people in a marriage are the legal parents of their child by default.