Under Florida law, a biological father who is aware of the pregnancy and wants to exercise his parental rights must generally pay a fair and reasonable portion of the birth mother’s expenses. We make every effort to contact biological fathers and encourage them to voluntarily sign a Consent for Adoption or an Affidavit of Nonpaternity. If the biological father refuses and is not married to the birth mother, we are required to notify him that the birth mother wishes to place the child for adoption; he will have 30 days to contest the adoption. If he fails to contest it in the specified timeframe, we will ask the Court to terminate his rights. If he successfully contests the adoption, he has the same rights as if he was married to the birth mother and can prevent the adoption from moving forward.
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