Paternity cases are on the rise in Arkansas. “Gen Z” are not bound by previous moral or social mandate that marriage accompany a pregnancy.
In 2009, 6 paternity cases were filed in Washington County.
In 2019, 23 paternity cases were filed in Washington County.
The statute in Arkansas containing the laws with regard to paternity can be found at A.C.A. §Title 9, Sub-chapter 10.
When a child born to an unmarried woman, legal custody of that child shall be in the woman giving birth to the child until the child reaches 18 years of age unless a court of competent jurisdiction enters an order placing the child in the custody of another party. A.C.A § 9-10-1113
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