It does not really matter too much as made clear in this item but it does open the topic for an enlightened discussion. After saying that though is that the institution of marriage evolved to protect the interests of the biological family for the component individuals so much. The courts have found themselves forced to enforce this sometimes.
The change that must take place however is that in modernism the father needs to be formally identified as a matter of policy. From there financial responsibility can be assigned and also reassigned back to the best interests of the biological family. This means mandatory DNA recording on birth.
As usual someones ox will be gored. However, reckless behavior leading to unwanted pregnancies and run away dads merely tosses a statuary yoke on the runaway dad. That is just a starter. as the consequences become understood we will soon see alterations in social behavior.
Right now our system allows a third of the male population to vacate most of their obligations and to throw them onto the backs of the rest of the taxpaying public. Government needs to do this in order to insist on responsibility.
–Jennifer Roback Morse
- 39.7 percent of all births are to unmarried women (Centers for Disease Control, 2007).
- Nearly 40 percent of heterosexual, unmarried American households include children (Child Protective Services, 2007).
- 41 percent of first births by unmarried women are to cohabiting partners (Larry Bumpass and Hsien-Hen Lu, 2000).