Do I have to put the father on the babys birth certificate in order to receive support? 20 Answers as of June 27, 2011I am 9 months pregnant and single. I have not heard from the father of the child in 9 months. Do I have to put his name on the birth certificate after the baby is born in order to sue him for child support?
Law Office of Robert L. Fiedler | Robert L Fiedler
In Connecticut, he would have to acknowledge paternity, either by signing an acknowledgement form and/or by signing the birth certificate. Unless you name his as father, he wouldn't have the obligation to pay.
Answer Applies to: Connecticut
Seattle Divorce Services | Michael V. Fancher
I would expect that he would have to acknowledge paternity for his name to be placed on the birth certificate. As part of an action to establish a child support obligation you would need to establish that he is the father. I would suggest that you contact the child support division of your local prosecuting attorney's office.
Answer Applies to: Washington
John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
The child's last name is totally irrelevant to the obligation of a biological parent to provide financial support. In Colorado, if you are not married to the father and the father does not admit paternity (in writing) at the time the child is born, the child will have your last name or possibly any last name you choose - but no father will be listed. However, in order to obtain child support it will be necessary for a judge to rule on paternity - based either on the father's admission or upon DNA testing.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Law Office of Michael W. Bugni | Jay W. Neff
I am aware of nothing in Washington law that would require you to give the baby the last name of the father to collect support. However, you would have to go through a paternity action or otherwise comply with the Washington paternity statutes to collect support.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
Whether or not the biological father will sign the birth certificate, you should consult with a lawyer in your community about your rights and options in filing a paternity suit. If your community has a child support enforcement unit, you could also consult with them. Good luck!
Answer Applies to: Georgia
The English Law Firm | Robert English
The birth certificate is not specifically the evidence required for support. Potentially, you could put any name on the birth certificate but it is not proof that the person named is the father. In California, you can file a case under Uniform Parentage or also seek an action through the Dept. of Child Support Services.
Answer Applies to: California
Law Office of Richard B. Kell | Richard B. Kell
Paternity will have to be established in some form before you can seek a support order. You can try to have his name added to the birth certificate at the hospital. However, the hospital/records department may not allow it without his presence and consent. In that case, you would have to bring a paternity action to have him established as the bio-father before proceeding with a support action.
Answer Applies to: Massachusetts