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if the husband is willing to be the child's legal father, and if you are willing to relinquish your parental rights, you have two options. Option #1 is to do nothing; once the child has emotionally established the husband as its father, he will be considered the permanent legal father. Option #2 is, once the baby is born, to establish your legal paternity, then have the husband adopt the baby. Until the baby is born, there is nothing to do.
Obviously, option #1 is the easiest way to go. Option #2 is more concrete, but requires a lot more work.
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If you moved to California, South Carolina would lose jurisdiction over you. She could bring an action in California, if she could find you.
If you are the parent, you would have parental rights, which would include visitation. Basically, if you make a kid, there are both rights and responsibilities that come with that. You would be responsible for child support if she initiated a court-ordered DNA test that identified you as the father (provided the test is conducted in the first two years of the child's life), but the husband would not be the child's father, nor would he be treated as such by the courts.
Until the baby is born, there is nothing that can be signed disposing of a person's potential parentage.
California treats the DNA testing a bit differently. In CA, the cutoff for a DNA test is 2 years from the child's birth; after that, husband would be the legal father, period. Most other states go by how the switch in parental rights would affect the child without establishing a firm cut-off date.
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