While the child custody courts in the state of Pennsylvania seek to be unbiased, certain situations can make it more difficult for fathers to gain custody of their children. This is especially true when it comes to establishing paternity.
When a couple is married when they have a child, the paternity is automatically assigned to the husband. Therefore, if they do go through a divorce in the future, the father will easily be able to file for custody since paternity will have already been established. However, when it comes to the acknowledgment of the father's paternity when he is not married to the mother of the child, the mother has to acknowledge it voluntarily. When this does not happen, the father must try to establish it through other means, such as through a DNA test, before he can proceed with filing for custody. The following is some advice for fathers who want to file for custody after they have established paternity.