NoLegal definition of "father"
A child born to parents who have not participated in a marriage ceremony with each other shall be considered to be the child of his or her father only if the father:
An executed affidavit of parentage constitutes a legal finding of paternity.
Family Law § 5-1028(c)
The completed affidavit of parentage form shall contain:
Before completing an affidavit of parentage form, the unmarried mother and the father shall be advised orally and in writing of the legal consequences of executing the affidavit and of the benefit of seeking legal counsel.
Revocation of claim to paternity
Family Law § 5-1028
An executed affidavit of parentage is subject to the right of any signatory to rescind the affidavit:
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