Montana Title 42. Adoption § 42-2-201. Definitions

As used in this part, unless the context requires otherwise, the following definitions apply:

(1) “Child” includes an unborn child.

(2)(a) “Putative father” means an individual who may be a child's birth father but who:

(i) is not married to the child's mother on or before the date that the child is born;  or

(ii) has not established paternity of the child prior to the filing of a petition for termination of parental rights to the child for purposes of adoption.

(b) The term includes an individual who is:

(i) less than 18 years of age;  and

(ii) not married to the child's mother even though the individual is a presumed father within the meaning of 40-6-105 .

(3) “Registry” means the putative father registry established under 42-2-202 .


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