Parent Role Definitions

By: Kelli Nightingale

Biological Parents

*Biological Father - a male who has sired or transmitted his genes to his offspring

*Biological Mother - a female who has conceived and given birth to an offspring

Presumed Father

*Presumed father is the legal term for a male who is married to the biological mother, signed an acknowledgment of paternity, or whose name is on the birth certificate.

Alleged Father

*An alleged father is the legal term for a male who may be legally married but not living with his wife and not divorced or who may be part of a relationship outside of marriage.

Legal Father

*The legal father is a male whose name appears on the birth certificate and is married to the biological mother or was determined the father through paternity testing.
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