By Sara Pitcher
Cordell & Cordell Men's Divorce Lawyer
Some states require a putative father to submit his information to a database – a putative father registry - to preserve some of his rights as the father of the child.
A putative father is a man who may be a child's father, but who is not married to the child's mother on or before the date that the child is born, or who has not legally established paternity of the child before the filing of an adoption petition for the child.
This impacts any man who thinks he is the biological father of a child born out of wedlock. As soon as a man believes he may be the father of a child, he should determine whether the state that the woman lives in has any requirements for registering as a putative father.
If you suspect that you are the father of a child born out of wedlock who is under the age of 18 years old, you should immediately determine whether there is a putative father registry in your area.