Regardless of age, every child deserves to have a parental figure that loves them and looks out for their best interests. In a variety of circumstances, adoption provides babies, children, teenagers and even adults the benefit of legally being part of a family. The circumstances surrounding adoption cases are varied and complex. For couples or individuals who are contemplating adoption, it's wise to consult with a family law attorney as soon as possible.
Today, a growing percentage of couples in the U.S. are having children out of wedlock. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during 2012 nearly 41 percent of babies who were born in the U.S. were born to unwed mothers. For the fathers of these children, it's important to take steps to establish legal paternity.
In the past, many older couples chose to stay in marriages that they were miserable in because of the way society and religion frowned upon divorce. However, the times have changed, and even the pope is considering easing the Catholic church's long-held position that divorce is a sin.
Under the law, a man is presumed to be the father of a child if the man is married to the child's mother when the child is born. However, unmarried fathers need to take extra steps in order to be presumed the child's father and parental rights.