A man who claims to be or who is alleged to be the father of a "nonmarital" child.
After a man is proven, usually by genetic tests, to be the father of a child, he is more often known as the biological father or BIRTHFATHER.
A number of states have established putative father registries, wherein a man who believes himself to be the father of a child may register his alleged paternity with the state. Men on this registry must be notified before a child may be placed for adoption. Putative fathers are usually not married to the mother of the child nor are they named as the father on the child's birth certificate.
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