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The Putative Father Registry

What is the Registry?

This is a national effort that requires dads, not married to the mother of their baby, to sign a formal declaration with the Family and Child Services stating that they are the father of the baby.  The dad has only 30 days from the birth to register.

What happens if I don't register with the Putative Father Registry or if I don't establish paternity?

If you do not register with the Putative Father Registry within 30 days of the child's birth, or if you do not start legal proceedings to establish paternity within 30 day after that, the following may happen:

  • You may not receive notice of any court action for the adoption of your child;
  • The court may rule that you have waived your rights, and permanently terminate your parental rights without notice; and
  • Your child may be permanently adopted without your consent.

If I choose not to register, does that mean I don't have to pay child support?

  • No.  This registry is to protect your rights as a father.  Lack of participation does not affect your responsibilities as a father.  You may be asked to prove paternity and/or pay child support at any time until the child turns 18 years old.

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