Often in these times, a big impediment to ongoing relationships of fathers and their children is the state’s intervention.
A Fragile Families study showed a majority of unmarried fathers were very involved with their infants and planned to stay that way. About 80 percent provided financial support to their child’s mother during pregnancy and planned to support the child. About half were romantically involved and living with the child’s mother at the time of birth; another 30 percent were dating but did not live together. Only 10 percent had little or no contact with their babies.