As an unmarried parent, are my rights the same as a married parent?
The same laws that govern parenting plans, child support, visitation, and the rest apply whether the parents are married or not.
However, FATHERS DO NOT HAVE LEGAL RIGHTS until paternity is proven.
When deciding on child custody, courts consider the same factors in cases where the parents are divorcing, dissolving a domestic partnership, or otherwise separating.
In the end, the best interests of the child ALWAYS take precedence over all other concerns.