Do you have parental rights if you have not established paternity?
Do you have parental rights if you haven't established paternity? So there are two types of paternity. There's legal paternity and there's biological paternity. Biological paternity gives you certain rights under the Constitution of the United States. However, until you have created or established legal paternity, you won't have legal rights within the courts. So what that means is you would have to if you're on the birth certificate and you have an acknowledgement of paternity, then you have all the legal rights and you have the potentially the biological rights. If you haven't established the legal rights, then you would have to file what's called a petition for affiliation. And in that affiliation proceedings, then they'll court will establish your legal rights, which then will set you up to be able to either potentially file for custody or ask for parenting time at that time.