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Acknowledged father is the admitted biological father of a child born to unmarried couple. It refers to an unmarried man who has admitted to being the child's father. The admission may be by signing a voluntary written acknowledgment of paternity, or by an agreement between him and the child's mother. An acknowledged father has parental rights and obligations, including the obligation to support the child.
The following is an example of a State Statute (Texas) Defining Acknowledged Father:
According to Tex. Fam. Code § 101.0010 Acknowledged father means a man who has established a father-child relationship under Chapter 160. [Uniform Parentage Act]