Q&A: Do you think that many fathers are falsely named on the original birth certificates?

Question by SLY: Do you think that many fathers are falsely named on the original birth certificates?
Randy posted a question about the fathers whose names are left off birth certificates. When he selected a Best Answer, he made a comment I thought curious, about the Registry not permitting fathers to be named falsely. I thought that was interesting. How often do you think that happened, especially during the BSE? Curious comment, I thought, but perhaps I am mistaken.
Okay, I live in Texas, and here, unless a couple is married, the father must sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity to be named on the birth certificate. If a woman is married, her husband is listed, unless he signs a Denial of Paternity, specifically. A mother cannot simply name someone as the father and it goes on the birth certificate here, and I assumed it was somewhat the same in other states. Not so?
So, what you are saying is that today a woman can say any man she wants to is the father and they automatically put that name on the birth certificates? That doesn’t sound reasonable to me at all….
http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/faqEditorial-29095.html

What steps must unmarried parents take to ensure that they are both considered the legal parents of their child?

To make sure that a child’s biological parents are also the legal parents, both mother and father should be listed on the child’s birth certificate. If you want to add a parent’s name to a birth certificate, contact your state’s Bureau of Vital Statistics. You can find this contact information by visiting the website of the National Center for Health Statistics (click on the link “Where to Write for Vital Records,” part of the “NCHS Top 10” list on the right).

In order to be listed on a child’s birth certificate, most states require unmarried fathers to sign an affidavit or acknowledgment of paternity. In any case, it’s a good idea for both parents to write, sign, and notarize a statement acknowledging the father’s paternity. You can take this one step further by contacting your state’s Vital Statistics office

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Answer by michoacanmami
Then the government would lose money if everyone was required to take a paternity test every time someone has a baby just to make sure that fathers are not falsley named

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6 thoughts on “Q&A: Do you think that many fathers are falsely named on the original birth certificates?”

  1. Father’s rights and putative father registries are a fairly new development. Naming a father during the BSE would have been for child support, not adoption purposes. Not a whole lot of incentive to name the wrong guy. Today, the incentive to falsely name a father is to circumvent the real father’s rights when relinquishing.

    Proving intent to defraud when a mother names the wrong guy would require proving that the named father couldn’t have fathered the child, e.g. that he never slept with the mother. Not an easy case to prove. The named father would in all likelihood, be close enough to the mother that he’s be a willing conspirator, or he would likely be a bona fide sex partner that believes he is the father and doesn’t want to pay support.

    That is why the putative father’s laws in some states specifically say that putative fathers are responsible for protecting their own rights.

  2. During the BSE, there was no DNA testing for paternity. It had not been invented , so that wasn’t an issue.

    Fathers’ names were not placed on unmarried mother’s childrens’ birth certificates, unless paternity was established. That could be done, by legal process, but during the BSE, most often the law didn’t consider a child of unmarried parents to have a father.

    So, the fathers’ names were not on the OBCs of adopted people, during the BSE, usually.

  3. I don’t know about during the BSE, but it still happens today.

    I have no idea who my son’s natural father is. His first mother listed her current boyfriend as the father when my son was born. That man was later proven not to be the baby’s father through DNA. I hate that I am not able to tell my son anything at all about his nfather. My son’s fmom may have believed her boyfriend to be the baby’s father at the time she put his name down, but so many other women KNOW who the father is and don’t put his name down. I think it’s criminal and should have punitive consequences. Just look at how many women here ask if they can put their new boyfriend’s name on the BC…and how many other women say, “Just put your new boyfriend’s name down. No one will know.” It’s sickening.

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