Joesph Matthew Jazz
Feb 19, 2007 7lbs 3oz 20in

Putative Fathers - What you need to know

    A putative father is the unsubstantiated father of a child. If you are a putative father, your child’s mother is the solitary guardian of that child. She will be able to make any and all decisions about your child’s future, including but not limited to putting your child up for adoption, leaving the state/country.

    Several states now have a “Putative Father Registry”. Exact rules and timelines vary by state but the essential concept is the same. Every time a man sleeps with a woman, he must register as the potential father of the possible child. Failure to do so can result in the forfeiture of the father’s legal rights to his child.

    This typically becomes an issue in adoptions. If an unknown child’s mother decides to keep the child and wants child support from the father, most states will not only track the father down across state lines but also charge him back-charges for the time they were looking for him. If on the other hand, the father wants to have his child and the mother absconds from the state to put the child up for adoption, then the father’s only chance at his child is if he registered as a Putative Father of said child, beforehand.

    Below are links to the registries and information that we have found most of which came from Erik L. Smith's site. We do not claim any of this to be complete or lawfully accurate. It is provided on a best effort basis to give people somewhere to start. If you find anything to be inaccurate or incomplete, please contact us with the corrections and references so that we can update the information. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Putative Father Registry Links

Military Exceptions Alabama Alaska Arizona
Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut
Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii
Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa
Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine
Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota
Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska
Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico
New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio
Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode island
South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas
Utah Vermont Virginia Washington
Washington D.C. West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming