Friday, December 14, 2012

The Rights Of The Unmarried Father


Series: State Statutes

Author(s): Child Welfare Information Gateway

Year Published: 2010

Current Through June 2010

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This publication reviews the State laws related to unmarried fathers. The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the constitutional protection of such a father's parental rights when he has established a substantial relationship with his child. The introduction explains the circumstances in which a man may be presumed to be the father of a child and lists the States that have registries for such fathers. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are accessible through the State Statute Search.

Table of Contents

Constitutional Rights
States' Definitions of 'Father'
Paternity Registries
Alternative Means to Establish Paternity
Required Information
Revocation of Claim
Access to Information
Summary of State Laws

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Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2010). The rights of unmarried fathers. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children's Bureau.

This publication is a product of the State Statutes Series prepared by Child Welfare Information Gateway. While every attempt has been made to be complete, additional information on these topics may be in other sections of a State's code as well as agency regulations, case law, and informal practices and procedures.

This material may be freely reproduced and distributed. However, when doing so, please credit Child Welfare Information Gateway.

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