Does a father have to pay child support when his name is not on the birth certificate and hasn’t seen the kid? 11 Answers as of December 07, 2012My fiancé has a son from a previous relationship. He was paying her child support but paying cash until he started keeping him a majority of the time. He received papers on paternity he sent them back and we just received child support papers. He hasn't seen his child in eight months now, hasn't heard from her and still don't know if his name was put on the birth certificate.
John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
The birth certificate does not dictate any particular result concerning parental rights or obligations. If the father has signed the necessary paperwork to acknowledge paternity the vital statistics office will issue a new birth certificate; but, if that did not occur at the hospital at the time of birth someone (mother or father) needed to send the papers in. He should be able to contact the vital statistics office to find out if that ever happened. If he has admitted paternity, he will have to pay child support. If he wants to spend time with the child being a parent, he needs to file a separate legal case to get specific parenting rights.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
John Russo | John Russo
I am just a little confused as to what you are asking? But if you want to know does he have to pay if he has been legally adjudicated the father, but his name is not on the birth record, and he has not seen the child, the answer is YES. They are all separate issues.
Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
Law Office of Eric S. Lumberg | Eric S. Lumberg
If there is a child support order, payments must be made. From your question, it seems like the mother filed the necessary paperwork to start this process. Father should hire an attorney to make sure support is calculated correctly and the right paperwork is entered with the court.
Answer Applies to: Michigan