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….
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
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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