putative father

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putative father

the alleged father of an illegitimate child.

PUTATIVE FATHER. The reputed father.
     2. This term is most usually applied to the father of a bastard child.
     3. The putative father is bound to support his children, and is entitled to the guardianship and care of them in preference to all persons but the mother. 1 Ashm. It. 55; and vide 7 East, 11; 5 Esp. R. 131; 1 B. & A. 491; Bott, P. L. 499; 1 C. & P. 268; 1 B. & B. 1; 3 Moore, R. 211; Harr. Dig. Bastards, VII.; 3 C. & P. 36.

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011 in a manner that confers subject matter jurisdiction to a putative father before the birth of a child would render a portion of the statute meaningless.
The order was alsomade 'because of the allegations being made by at least two others that they may be the putative father of Maisie'.
Registration gives a putative father the right only to receive
Decisions on whether to accede to a mother's request not to inform the putative father and/or extended family members of her wish to place her child for adoption will always be difficult.
The child's putative father was the administrator of his estate.
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3) In the wake of Baby Jessica, state legislatures, in an attempt to avert such disrupted adoptions, enacted putative father registries designed to mandate notice of adoptions to unwed fathers who file notice of intent to claim paternity with registries in the prescribed time.
In seventeenth-century Holland, it was a common practice for pregnant women to start legal proceedings against the putative father in order to demand alimony: Donald Haks, Huwelijk en gezin in Holland in de 17e en 18e eeuw (Assen, 1982), p.
For instance, when God, the putative father of Jesus, commanded the Lawgiver Moses to wipe the Midianites and all their chattle and cattle from the face of the earth.
I take the central problem to be the apparent disagreement between Jack, the putative father, and Donna's parents.
But then the author becomes preoccupied with an extensive Bati family tree that goes back to the thirteenth century, even though he can neither establish that Luca Bati was adopted nor was the legitimate (or for that matter illegitimate) offspring of his putative father.
This means that until the putative father asserts his rights for parental responsibility and timesharing, he has no "rights" to the child in the eyes of the law.

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