As you may have gleaned from previous posts, the law treats married and unmarried parents different in certain respects. Married men are automatically the legal father of a child born during a marriage for example, while paternity must be established with regard to an unmarried parent. Another example recently brought to my attention is that children of American fathers born abroad may not be entitled to U.S. citizenship. Today the Supreme Court will be considering the law in this circumstance. When you look at the statistics and the way that our society is moving, more and more children are born to unmarried parents. Similarly, I have seen a fair number of cases where the husband is not actually the father, and can be unfairly charged with the support of the child. Given our ability to accurately determine paternity, this distinction between married and unmarried parents is feeling artificial and out-dated. For more information about the Supreme Court case, you can read this article in Slate.