Presumed Father Status in California

The Court held that upon review of the juvenile court's determination of presumptive fatherhood, we must "review the facts most favorably to the judgment, drawing all reasonable inferences and resolving all conflicts in favor of the order. 'We do not reweigh the evidence but instead examine the whole record to determine whether a reasonable trier of fact could have found for the respondent.' " (Miller v. Miller (1998) 64 Cal.App.4th 111, 117-118.) "In order to become a 'presumed' father, a man must fall within one of several categories enumerated in Family Code section 7611. Under Family Code section 7611, a man who has neither legally married nor attempted to legally marry the child's natural mother cannot become a presumed father unless (1) he receives the child into his home and openly holds out the child as his natural child, or (2) both he and the natural mother execute a voluntary declaration of paternity. (See Fam. Code, 7611, 7570; Adoption of Michael H. (1995) 10 Cal.4th 1043, 1050-1051; In re Liam L. (2000) 84 Cal.App.4th 739.) Only a presumed father is entitled to custody and reunification services. (In re Zacharia D. (1993) 6 Cal.4th 435, 448-449, 451.)" (Francisco G. v. Superior Court (2001) 91 Cal.App.4th 586, 595-596. See also In re Emily R. (2000) 80 Cal.App.4th 1344, 1354-1355.)