Legal ties between fathers and children must exist before a man has parental rights or responsibilities. Child support issues can be complicated for unmarried parents, especially when a man denies he's a father. The North Carolina Division of Social Services assists unmarried parents with obtaining court orders and enforcement of child support, but paternity must be established first.
The father of Beyonce Knowles-Carter was married to the singer's mother, Tina Knowles, for 31 years before the couple separated. During the lengthy marriage, Mathew and Tina Knowles had two girls, the world-renown singer and her sister Solange. Mathew also fathered a son during an extramarital affair.