In parentage cases, also called "paternity cases," the court makes orders that say who the child's legal parents are. If parents are married when a child is born, there is usually no question about parentage. The law assumes that the married persons or domestic partners are the child's legal parents, so parentage is automatically established in most cases. But for unmarried parents, parentage of their children needs to be established legally. Establishing parentage is necessary before custody, visitation, or child support will be ordered by a court.
California is the only state in the Union where a child can have more than two parents. This legal scenario is reserved for limited, unique circumstances, where there are two biological parents, but a third parent is confirmed by way of being married to or in a partnership with the biological parent during conception. There are a lot of requirements to qualify for this, and Allysyn can listen to your unique situation to help you determine what your rights are.