Does the father have to be on the birth certificate in order to be required to pay support? 18 Answers as of June 16, 2011

Does a mother have to put a father on a birth certificate in order for him to pay child support??

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Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
No, but if you go after him for support, he is entitled to DNA testing. He is also entitled to be put on the birth certificate and ask for the child to have his last name.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 6/16/2011
Law Office of Robert L. Fiedler
Law Office of Robert L. Fiedler | Robert L Fiedler
At the very least there would need to be an acknowledgement of paternity. Otherwise, you can name anyone as the father.
Answer Applies to: Connecticut
Replied: 6/14/2011
Beresford Booth PLLC
Beresford Booth PLLC | S. Scott Burkhalter
You may be able to receive child support administratively through the State.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 6/14/2011
John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
No. But, if the parents were not married when the child was born and the father isn't shown on the birth certificate, there is nothing that says he is the father and the mother cannot put his name on it unless he agrees. Until there is a judicial determination that he is, in fact, the father he has no legal responsibility for support. When that determination is made, the court will also direct that a new birth certificate be issued to confirm he is the father.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 6/14/2011
Michael Rose Attorney at Law
Michael Rose Attorney at Law | Michael Rose
If you are the father the mother can ask for support for the child.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/13/2011
    Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A.
    Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A. | Joanna Mitchell
    No. If he is the biological or putative father, then he is required to pay child support.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 6/13/2011
    Law Office of Patricia Van Haren
    Law Office of Patricia Van Haren | Patricia Van Haren
    Yes, you would need to have paternity established in order to seek support. If the father does not agree to be placed on the birth certificate, you may open a case with child support services to seek support and they may assist you in establishing paternity. You may also seek the services of an attorney to assist you in establishing paternity and seeking child support.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/13/2011
    Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
    Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
    No. If he is the child's biological father, he can be required to pay child support. A DNA test can establish whether or not he is the child's father. You can seek child support through your local county's child support agency, or by way of a paternity case. The child support agency attorneys are free of charge, but they don't represent you and will be hard to reach. You would likely need to retain an experienced Family Lawyer to prepare and prosecute a paternity case, at your expense (although you might be able to get an order that the father pay some of your attorney's fees), and the father could seek rights in the paternity case that he could not seek through the child support agency case. A private attorney would be far easier to reach, but you would have to pay for his/her services.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/13/2011
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni | Jay W. Neff
    Not necessarily. If will depend on the circumstances of the child's birth. If the parents were married to each other at the time of the child's birth, then, there is a presumption that the husband is the father and child support can be collected from him unless it is determined that the husband is not the father. If the parents were not married to each other, then, typically, there is no child support until the court enters an order of paternity. Thereafter, support can be collected from him.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/13/2011
    Kelly A. Broadbent, Esq.
    Kelly A. Broadbent, Esq. | Kelly Broadbent
    In Massachusetts, in order to be required to pay support, the father must either be on the birth certificate or be adjudicated by the court to be the father.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 6/13/2011
    Goolsby Law Office
    Goolsby Law Office | Richard Goolsby
    In Georgia, you could seek child support even if he is not on the birth certificate. You should consult with an attorney in your area about your rights in a paternity suit. You could also contact child support enforcement. Good luck!
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/13/2011
    Howard W. Collins, Attorney at Law
    Howard W. Collins, Attorney at Law | Howard W. Collins
    Assume Oregon law applies: No, a paternity action or test that establishes the legal father can obligate you to pay child support. Or if support enforcement has brought an action and you did not contest it you will have to pay. Alternately, if support enforcement brought an action and you took a DNA test and it established you as birth father, then lucky you, you are a Dad and will have to pay.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 6/13/2011
    Arnold & Wadsworth
    Arnold & Wadsworth | Brian Arnold
    No, he needs to be found as the father. A DNA test should do the trick. You need to file a paternity action with the court.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 6/13/2011
    Seattle Divorce Services
    Seattle Divorce Services | Michael V. Fancher
    Under Washington law, it is not so much whether the father is on the birth certificate, but whether the father is legally presumed or has been legally determined to be the father. Until he is determined to be the father there is not a basis to require him to pay child support.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/13/2011
    Law Office Of Jody A. Miller
    Law Office Of Jody A. Miller | Jody A. Miller
    In Georgia the father does not need to be on the birth certificate in order to be liable for child support.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/13/2011
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn | Paul Zahn
    No, but paternity must be established before support can be ordered. If you are in my area and are looking for an attorney, please contact me for a free consultation.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/13/2011
    Law Office of James Lentz
    Law Office of James Lentz | James Lentz
    In Ohio and Michigan, the answer is no. But each state is different. Please contact a domestic relations attorney to find out about your local laws.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 6/13/2011
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