NoLegal definition of "father"
If the biological father fails to respond within the time required, the court shall enter an order that the biological father's consent is not required for the adoption. A biological father who fails to respond within the time required under this section is not entitled to notice under § 48-2-401(c) of an adoption petition filed within 3 months of the birth of the minor or to participate in the adoption proceeding.
The putative father of any child born out of wedlock, whether such father resides in North Carolina or not, may apply by a verified written petition, filed in a special proceeding in the superior court of the county in which the putative father resides or in which the child resides, asking that such child be declared legitimate. The mother, if living, and the child shall be necessary parties to the proceeding.If it appears to the court that the petitioner is the father of the child, the court may thereupon declare and pronounce the child legitimated.
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