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When a child is born to a married couple, the husband is generally presumed to have paternity rights as the child's father.

But what about a child born to unmarried parents? Establishing a child's maternity is generally fairly straightforward (for hopefully obvious reasons). Paternity, on the other hand, may in some circumstances require legal action.

Why is paternity important, and how do unmarried fathers go about establishing it?

After a divorce becomes final, a spouse who is unhappy with the result may be able to challenge the outcome of the divorce proceedings by filing an appeal or requesting the court modify the terms of the divorce decree.

Which of these options may be best in your particular situation? The answer may depend not only on the details of your divorce and the specific issue you are unhappy with, but also may depend on the divorce laws in your state.

There are some general guidelines, however, for appealing or modifying a final divorce decree.

Top 10 Legal How-Tos of 2014

The idea of tackling a legal issue yourself may seem intimidating, but you may be surprised at what you can accomplish with a little legal know-how.

Of course, there are some instances where consulting with a lawyer is the most prudent option. There are others, however, in which hiring a lawyer may or may not be necessary. Our series "Legal How-To" presents some of those scenarios, laying out what is required for those who may be interested in taking on a legal issue on their own.

What were this year's most popular DIY legal stories? Here are the top 10 Legal How-Tos of 2014:

Florida's first same-sex marriages took place Monday afternoon in Miami-Dade County, after a judge lifted her stay on a ruling finding the state's gay marriage ban unconstitutional.

The weddings began about 1:30 p.m., reports The Miami Herald. The marriages in Miami-Dade County come just hours before court clerks across Florida will be required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples by order of a federal court judge.

What are the details behind Florida's path to becoming one of the 36 states, along with Washington D.C., where gay marriage is now legally recognized?

The Oklahoma oilman who was ordered to pay his ex-wife $1 billion in the couple's divorce is appealing the ruling in the case.

In his appeal, Harold Hamm calls the ruling "erroneous and inequitable," Reuters reports. But Hamm's appeal marks an about-face from his comments immediately following the judge's decision, which he characterized at the time as "a fair and equitable outcome to the case."

What may have led Hamm to change his mind?

Family issues often come to a head around the holidays, and Christmas may have you mulling over the possibility of divorce.

And you're not alone. According to The New York Times, there is a "significant rise" in Google searches for "divorce" in the 10 days following Christmas. Times opinion contributor Seth Stephens-Davidowitz attributes this to holiday reflection on dysfunctional facets of family life and our tendency to put off unpleasant events until after the holidays.

Are you searching for "divorce" this holiday season? If so, here are some things you should consider:

Divorce: Is Mediation Right for You?

Divorce mediation can be a cheaper and overall more pleasant way to settle what is often an acrimonious and thoroughly uncomfortable situation.

Mediation is rarely forced on divorcing couples, so it is up to the splitting spouses to determine whether to go at it in court or not.

So how can you tell if divorce mediation is right for you?

Washington is the only state to be named after a U.S. president, and its legal legacy hardly stops there. The Evergreen State is chock full of unique laws and rules, and whether you're passing through or planning to put down roots, you should be aware of them.

Whether you're acting out your "Frasier" fantasy in Seattle or scaling Mount Rainier, you should really know these 10 laws:

At least 50 percent of marriages end in divorce -- or at least, that's what most Americans still think.

But according to data from University of Michigan economist Justin Wolfers, more than half of marriages that began in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s are still going strong. The New York Times' Claire Cain Miller urges the uninformed to realize that divorce rates have been dropping over the last few decades.

Is the 50 percent divorce rate a myth, and even if it is, does it matter for your marriage or divorce?

Virginia is for lovers. But it's also for students, parents, thrillseekers, risk-takers, and entrepreneurs. No matter which one of those hats you decide to wear in the Commonwealth of Virginia, you'll need to know the laws of the realm.

While in the Old Dominion, be sure to know these 10 laws: