To do this, a single father would probably have to prove that the mother is not able to raise the child and/or that he was the child`s primary reference person. However, child visits or shared custody allow many unmoiled fathers to play a consistent role in their children`s lives. Fathers who were not married at the birth of their child must legally prove paternity to access the father`s rights. Often, this simply means that both parents sign and submit a confirmation of paternity to the competent public authority or court, either at the time of the child`s birth or after. In disputed paternity cases, legal proceedings, including DNA tests, are closed by a court order that establishes whether the man in question is the biological father of the child. . . .