When unmarried parents have a child together, the father has no legal parenting rights until he goes to court to secure them.
Over the years, I have represented a lot of fathers living apart from mother and child who have not asserted their parenting rights. Without realizing, the father often finds himself lacking the relationship with his child that he really wants. But he does not take action because he does not know what to do. Read more about Parenting Rights Must Be Asserted To Be Protected