This introductory chapter begins with anecdotes about paternity involving the cuckolded husband, the fornicating man, the non-consenting husband, and the fertile man. It then discusses the reasons why paternity matters. The allocation of paternity impacts the financial, emotional, and physical health of children. For instance, in order for a child to have the right to receive financial support from a man, a legal father-child relationship must exist. Fathers serve as role models and are crucial to the emotional development of children. Boys need fathers to teach them how to be men; girls need fathers to teach them how to choose husbands. Children who are adopted or conceived via artificial insemination have sought to discover the identity of their biological parents in order to obtain the information necessary to create a complete medical history. A man also has an emotional stake in being declared the legal father of his biological child. Allocation of paternity is important to men because most men view fatherhood as a blessing.
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