What is paternity?

In Pennsylvania, when a child is born to a woman who is unmarried, there is no legal relationship between the father and the child. A father of a child born to an unmarried woman is not the father for legal purposes unless a Domestic Relations Section or Court has entered an order that establishes the legal father of the child or both parents have signed an Acknowledgment of Paternity form. Under current Pennsylvania law, when a child is born to a married woman, the husband is the presumed legal father of the child.