There has been a significant increase in the number of children born to unmarried parents in the United States, many in Georgia. The fathers in these situations are known as alleged or putative fathers. Previously, fathers did not enjoy as many rights as unwed mothers. However, the situation is changing quickly with fathers exercising their paternity rights, particularly in cases where unwed mothers are giving their children up for adoption.
In many cases, the U.S. Supreme Court has passed orders in favor of fathers who have established a significant relationship with their children. If there is a strong bond between the father and the child, even if the man is unmarried, the court gives the man an opportunity to exercise his fathers' rights.