Do I have to put the father on the babys birth certificate in order to receive support? 20 Answers as of June 27, 2011

I 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?

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Gregory T. Buckley, Attorney at Law
Gregory T. Buckley, Attorney at Law | Gregory T. Buckley
That would be advisable, as it would establish a rebuttable presumption that he was indeed the child's father. It is likely that a DNA test would still be necessary.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 6/27/2011
Law Office of Robert L. Fiedler
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
Replied: 6/23/2011
Pontrello Law
Pontrello Law | William Pontrello
Yes, you must establish paternity.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 6/22/2011
Seattle Divorce Services
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
Replied: 6/22/2011
Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A.
Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A. | Joanna Mitchell
No, you do not have to place his name on the birth certificate in order to qualify for child support. If he is the biological father, he is obligated to pay child support.
Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 6/22/2011
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
    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
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Vermeulen Law office P.A.
    Vermeulen Law office P.A. | Jacob T. Erickson
    The birth certificate is not related to his obligation to pay child support. You need to bring an action against him to establish paternity and then sue for child support.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Beresford Booth PLLC
    Beresford Booth PLLC | S. Scott Burkhalter
    The father will have to be established as the father before triggering an obligation to pay child support.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Diefer Law Group, P.C.
    Diefer Law Group, P.C. | Abel Fernandez
    No, you don't have to put the father's name on the birth certificate.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni
    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
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Law Office of James Lentz
    Law Office of James Lentz | James Lentz
    In Michigan and Ohio, absolutely not. But you could use some guidance as to how to obtain child support. Please see a local domestic relations attorney.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
    Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
    No, but when you do sue and he is found, he has a right to ask for DNA (even if he is on the birth certificate) and if he is the father, he has the right to ask to be put on the birth certificate.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Petit & Dommershausen SC
    Petit & Dommershausen SC | Tajara Dommershausen
    No, you file a paternity action and if he is determined to be the father the court will order support. He can ask for the name to be changed at the court hearing but they often don't do so.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Goolsby Law Office
    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
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Meriwether & Tharp LLC
    Meriwether & Tharp LLC | Patrick Meriwether
    In Georgia, the birth certificate is part of your evidence to establish paternity when you bring an action for child support.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    The English Law Firm
    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
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
    Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
    No. Put your name on the birth certificate if you wish. That won't affect whether or not the child is entitled to be supported by his/her father.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    The name of the child has no impact on child support.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Law Office of Richard B. Kell
    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
    Replied: 6/21/2011
    Law Office Of Jody A. Miller
    Law Office Of Jody A. Miller | Jody A. Miller
    Under Georgia law the father's name does not need to be on the birth certificate in order to maintain an action for child support.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/21/2011
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