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Question: "When parents are unmarried and no order has been entered to establish parental rights, the biological father has no legal right to either custody or parenting time until paternity is established." I read this in a question on the website and I was wondering if the child has the fathers last name, does it still mean they have no legal rights until official paternity has been established?

Answer: An unmarried father will not have any legal rights to a child until paternity is established or acknowledged. To acknowledge paternity a father may fill out a form that can be given to them at most hospitals. To find out more information visit https://www.azdes.gov/main.aspx?menu=24&id=3777.

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  • "When parents are unmarried and no order has been entered to establish parental rights, the biological father has no legal right to either custody or parenting time until paternity is established." I read this in a question on the website and I was wondering if the child has the fathers last name, does it still mean they have no legal rights until official paternity has been established?

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