Q: Does someone have parental rights if they did not sign the birth certificate nor were married ? Any to sign over?
My baby’s father has not been in the picture since i found out i was pregnant. He said he wanted to sign his rights over. Does he have rights? Department of Children and Families are trying to go after him for child support.. I don’t honestly care about the money, just want to make sure he doesn’t have any rights.
A: When a child is born out of wedlock, the mother is the only natural legal guardian of the child. The Father must go to court to establish his rights. He can also register with the putative father registry to help secure or his intentions of asserting paternity. He does still have some legal rights as the biological father that will need to be addressed. Typically the Department of Children Families will be obligated to track down the father even though he has not had any prior contact with the children. You may want to speak with an experienced local family law attorney to get more specific information.
I wish you all the best. David A. Carroll, Pensacola Divorce Lawyer
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