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An acknowledgement of paternity by signing the birth certificate recognizes your friend's parental rights in law.
If the couple have come to a custody agreement themselves then they may not need to involve the courts unless they later argue over custody and want a court document setting out their individual rights.
A court is not bound by a parent's custody agreement and is free to modify any preexisting agreement should either of them later petition the court for a change in the custody arrangement.
This could be don by both your friend or his ex.
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