Video: How Unmarried Fathers Establish Paternity

It’s no secret that the family court system has a tendency to stack the deck against fathers. That can be especially true for unmarried dads. 

Paternity fraud is a serious problem in the United States that can devastate entire families and has been labeled a national epidemic. It is exceptionally easy for a mother to tab a man with a false claim of paternity, and likewise, for a biological father to be cut out from his child’s life.

A Cordell & Cordell divorce attorney explains why unmarried fathers must be proactive when establishing paternity and what steps they need to take to ensure their parental rights are protected.

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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on,, and, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

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