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  • How and Why you become a Father in New York -- Legally Speaking.

    Sounds simple, right? Unfortunately, if you were not married to the child's mother at the time of your child's birth--you are not the legal father of the child, even if the mother put your name on the child's birth certificate, unless you take at least one of the actions listed in #2 or #3 below.

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  • What is emancipation of a minor in New York?

    Emancipated means “free from restraint, control, or the power of another.” New York law defines an emancipated minor as being between the ages of 16 and 21.

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  • What is a QDRO and what does it have to do with my divorce?

    A QDRO is a "qualified domestic relation order" that creates or recognizes the existence of an "alternate payee's" right to receive, or assigns to an alternate payee the right to receive, all or a portion of the benefits payable with respect to a participant under a retirement p...

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  • What is a Paternity Registry?

    Most States have some kind of provision for a father to voluntarily acknowledge paternity or the possibility of paternity. A Paternity Registry allows for the father of a child born outside of marriage to record his acknowledgement of paternity. Approximately 24 States have est...

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  • What should an unmarried father in New York know about parenting and the law?

    New York Legal Definition of Father This issue is not addressed in the statutes reviewed. Paternity Registry Soc. Serv. Law 372-c The Department of Social Services shall establish a putative father registry that shall record the names and addresses of: Any person adjudicated b...

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  • What civil rights does the U.S. Constitution provide for unmarried fathers?

    It is a logical question, with a surprising answer. Historically, unmarried fathers have had fewer Constitutional rights with regard to their children than either unwed mothers or married parents. Over the past several decades, unmarried fathers have challenged the termination o...

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  • What should an unmarried father in the U.S. Virgin Islands know about parenting and the law?

    In the Virgin Islands, there is no legal definition of "Father" in any of the relevant statutespertaining to paternity. Nevertheless, each of the excerpted statutes below relates to the rights of unmarried fathers. Paternity Registry Ann. Code tit. 16, 292 Paternity may be volun...

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  • How to Revoke Paternity in Arizona

    Revocation of Claim to Paternity Rev. Stat. 25-812 The mother or the father may rescind the acknowledgment of paternity within the earlier of: 60 days after the last signature is affixed to the notarized acknowledgment of paternity that is filed with the Department of Econom...

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  • What if I am not the father of a child after I already acknowledged paternity in New York?

    In New York,a revocation of claim to paternity is controlled by Soc. Serv. Law 372-c, which says that a person who has filed a notice of intent to claim paternity may at any time revoke a notice of intent to claim paternity previously filed and, upon receipt of such notificatio...

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  • How does the state of Alabama legally define a father?

    Legal Definition of FatherAla. Code 26-17-5 An acknowledged father is a man who has established a father-child relationship. An adjudicated father is a man who has been adjudicated by a court to be the father of a child. An alleged father is a man who alleges himself to be, or is...

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