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A father is the male parent of a child. Besides the paternal bonds of a father to his children, the father may have a parental, legal, and social relationship with the child that carries with it certain rights and obligations. An adoptive father is a male who has become the child's parent through the legal process of adoption. A biological father is the male genetic contributor to the creation of the infant, through sexual intercourse or sperm donation. A biological father may have legal obligations to a child not raised by him, such as an obligation of monetary support. A putative father is a man whose biological relationship to a child is alleged but has not been established. A stepfather is a male who is the husband of a child's mother and they may form a family unit, but who generally does not have the legal rights and responsibilities of a parent in relation to the child.
The adjective "paternal" refers to a father and comparatively to "maternal" for a mother. The verb "to father" means to procreate or to sire a child from which also derives the noun "fathering". Biological fathers determine the sex of their child through a sperm cell which either contains an X chromosome (female), or Y chromosome (male). Related terms of endearment are dad (dada, daddy), baba, papa, pappa, papasita, (pa, pap) and pop. A male role model that children can look up to is sometimes referred to as a father-figure.

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    QLD Father not on birth certificate

    Hi, my son is 2 years old and I have asked my sons father if he would agree to sign over his parental rights, because he abandoned our son a year and a half ago and he agreed but I got my sons birth certificate in the mail and his fathers name isn’t on it but my son does have his last name, how...
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    VIC Father seeking reunification

    Am posting for a friend. Nil relation to previous posts (our situation resolved quite positively) Father has not seen child since 3 years of age, child has just turned 10. Father has had ocassional contact with mother since child was aged 5 requesting contact with the child. Mother was not...
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    WA Applicant father considering FVRO application to stop emails

    Hi all! It's been a while since I've posted. I'm helping my partner self-rep as the applicant in a case for parenting (and now property) orders. It's going well - huge thanks to previous posts and advice from @sammy01 @Tremaine @AllForHer 💙 My partner's ex-wife's Legal Aid lawyer was able to...
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    NSW My child's father is not my husband.

    I am pregnant and the father of the child is not my husband. I do not want to abort. He is married to another woman and i do not wish to have him as my partner as well. It was a mistake. I am a permanent resident where as he is on international student visa. Will i get benefits from centrelink ...
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    QLD The father of my child is from QLD and I am from the U.S.

    While he was visiting on his visa, the child's father and I met and started hanging out and I got pregnant. The father does want to be involved in the child's life and wants the child to also visit and live when him in Australia half of the time. I know it is important for a child to have a...
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    NSW court orders

    we have had our grandson for over 2 years. His father is in jail. His mother wants to take him to Qld. There was a federal court order to say he wasnt able to be taken out of NSW Does that change now his father is in jail
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    WA Father never wanted child

    I'm recently pregnant with my ex's child. When he found out he tried to force me into an abortion and I decided against it, causing him to leave because "he wouldn't be forced into being a father". Two weeks later he has messaged me saying he misses me and wants this baby. I explained to him I...
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    Child support - when kids refuse to visit Father?

    Good afternoon everyone, I was hoping to get some advice on a situation my partner is in. He has 50/50 time with his two kids aged 16 and 13. Recently, his kids haven't wanted to attend his house on 'his' weeks. Different excuses are offered each time, however what it comes down to is that...
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    VIC Children estranged from father & fathers family

    My 2 sons (23 yo and 20 yo) are estranged from their father and his family. I was wondering that in the case of their father passing away, and the boys not being mentioned in his will, is there any obligation by lawyers (or ?) to let the boys know? I am concerned that should something happen...
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    NSW Help for a Wellness Check

    I’m wanting to know how to go about a successful wellness check on my child. He’s 16yrs (17 in July) and currently living with his father and his partner and subsequent children from his and her own past relationships. My son is the eldest within the children. My son is contacting me on the...