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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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  1. unstableingenue

    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...
  2. C

    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
  3. J

    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...
  4. K

    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...
  5. D

    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...
  6. J

    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...
  7. C

    NSW Father just wants contact

    Hey I'm so my partner decided to move from one state to another. His ex was going with him an during the move decided she no longer wanted to go. He still went as he had a job an house all set up. She didn't go they broke up. They have a very volatile relationship. They both have mental health...
  8. JMVR

    VIC Rights to estranged fathers estate

    I am wondering if someone can help me with a few questions before I contact a lawyer. I have been estranged from my biological father since I was very young, around 2 years old. My mother has also no contact with him during this period and has since remarried. I am now in my mid thirties...
  9. Simflem

    NSW My Daughter went to stay with her Father and he won't return her

    My Daughter went to stay with her Father and he won't return her. She has never stayed one single night in 9 years of being Divorced from her father. I had an argument with my Daughter and she went to stay with the father for the first time inn 9 years. Since then, she has become very hostile...
  10. M

    NSW How can I fix this? % of care - incorrect guidance given by CSA

    Guidance please? ___________________________________________________ Facts: - Orders state child has 54 nights care available to the father, with an extra 10 if he is in the area (we live interstate - about a 12 hour drive away). - Child requested to live with father for a trial (ended up...