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What Rights Does a Birthfather Have?

| Jun 17, 2013 | Birth Parents |

In Virginia, fathers and mothers have the same legal rights, and a birthfather has the same rights as a birthmother.  However, these rights can greatly diminish if the birthfather has not played an active role in the child’s life. 

Virginia Adoption Law provides that if the birthfather has not visited or contacted the child within the six months immediately prior to the filing of the Adoption Petition, he has abandoned the child, and his consent to the adoption is not required.  He does, however, still have to receive notice of the adoption.