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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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    VIC Mother threatening to take baby away from father

    My brother's partner is currently 28 weeks pregnant with his baby and it is quite apparent she is suffering from some form of mental health issue. For months she has been mentally, emotionally and financially abusing my brother. She has threatened my brother that she would terminate her...
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    VIC Scheduled visitation which father wants to avoid

    Father has just advised he cannot see child during Court ordered visitation weekend as he will be interstate for a weekend. This has been an ongoing situation which I have dealt with but the upcoming weekend I am working and cannot change my hours. Father has done this previously and I have...
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    VIC Child passport when father isn’t Australian citizen

    Hi. I am trying to obtain a passport for my daughter. We have a history of family violence and our intervention order expired one month ago after 2 years. I was unable to renew the intervention order as the court said since he hasn’t done anything wrong ( not hit us ) for a while they won’t...
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    QLD Father giving up parental rights

    Hello, My boys are now 12 and 13 and have chosen not to see their dad for the last 2 years. Their father has not done anything to help this, I have advised him to get a psychologist to help rebuild the relationship with the kids, and I'd bring the kids, but he refused. He's now happy to give up...
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    Step Parents

    Hi, wondering if anyone can help locate cases where a step-parent has been awarded ‘parental responsibility’ of a child in a 3 way court case? I am having trouble locating under what grounds this can occur, having regard for that person being a person concerned with the care and welfare of a...
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    VIC Joint executors and beneficiaries

    OK - The will states "I DIRECT my Trusties to sell my unit ..." (emphasis as printed) to date no probate has been applied for and the relocatable DPU resides on one 1 trustees property. There are several joint executors & trusties (they are the only beneficiaries listed and are all executors &...
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    VIC Hi. I got a cco 18 months. I just wana go india . My father is very critical treatment. Can I go or not?

    Hi got a cco. I wana go india because my father is critical treatment. Can I go or not?
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    QLD Request visitation with father

    My baby daddy doesn’t want to have contact with the child. He’s a fully functional human being that poses no threat or harm to the child. Can I get a court order against my kid’s father that makes him see him once a month or so? I hate to think my kid will never have a dad cause he’s a bit selfish
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    VIC Can a recovery order (submitted by father) be applied for if their is currently an IVO (against father) but children's names are spelt incorrectly?

    IVO was submitted by officer who (unknowingly) fell victim to false statement including incorrect surnames of children (to mothers maiden name). Mother has been asked to correct however has still refused to. Can a recovery order be issued given the children are not named (using legal name or...
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    NSW Adding father to birth certificate if mother refuses

    The mother of my child doesn't want me to have any rights (she told me like that). How can I add my name to the birth certificate as her biological father?