The dynamic changes in the society have complicated the family structure. This complexity makes it difficult to understand the rights and roles of those involved in raising a child. What was once clear about fatherly responsibility is now tossed in a pool of uncertainties.
A man is considered a biological father when the child inherits his genetic material. This may be through sperm donation or natural conception. On the other hand, a legal father is a man who has the parental responsibility towards the child. Therefore, biological fathers do not become legal fathers automatically. They have to sign a parental responsibility agreement with the mother of the child or by court order.
All parents have an obligation to raising the child. However, the biological father has no right in law to make decisions regarding how to care and raise the child, unless he is the legal father. Therefore, defining the legal father doesn’t end the challenges. There are cases where those with parental responsibility do not agree on critical decisions about raising the child. In such instances, the law provides for an application for ‘prohibited steps order’ in court. This ensures that decisions about the child’s upbringing are amicably agreed.
Evidently, there are a lot of issues regarding the biological father vs. the legal father. Such issues require expert knowledge and advisory which is readily available through consultation. For help and advice, contact 347-735-5490.