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If the biological father is not listed on the birth certificate and has not signed a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity, then he has no legal rights to the children at all because there has not been paternity established.
So if no rights have been established, then there are no rights to be lost.
That is correct. He can file a paternity case at any time up until the child turns 18 to determine paternity and establish paternal rights if he is determined to be the bio father through a court ordered DNA test.
There is no child abandonment because the male has not been legally determined to be the legal father..