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Birth Father Rights

Be Honest About The Birth Father

Learning that you’re pregnant when you aren’t ready to parent can bring many emotions. One concern you may have regarding the pregnancy is sharing the news with the birth father. While you may be tempted to hide the pregnancy from the birth father and conceal the father’s identity during the adoption process, this may be a mistake. Here are several reasons why honesty is important when it comes to t...
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Meaning of “Alleged Father” and Why It Matters

What is an alleged father It is important to understand how the law defines each potential father. In adoption, not all fathers are created equally.  An “alleged father” is generally someone who is not married to the expectant mother.  The expectant mother may believe the alleged father is or possibly could be the child’s father.  An alleged father does not have an automatic right to custody. However, alleged fathers...
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Adoption Questions: What about the Birth Father?

  The laws governing birth father rights vary from state to state.  This article is a general overview of birth father’s rights in an adoption proceeding. What rights does a birth father have in an adoption proceeding? A birth father’s rights will depend on whether he is considered a legal father or an alleged (or putative father) under state law.  In every adoption, all birth father rights must be termin...
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