How can my name be put on my child’s birth certificate?

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How can my name be put on my child’s birth certificate?

I had a child with a married woman about 3 years ago in va. All parties involved agree that I am the child’s father but I was not put on the birth certificate. I now live with the mother and child in another state. I am concerned that if the mother and I split up I will have no legal rights to my child.

Asked on December 7, 2012 under Family Law, Connecticut

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

In a situation such as yours, an amendment to your child's certificate must be requested. You'll need to contact the agency where your child's certificate is kept; typically it is called the Division of Vital Records or something similar. You will be instructed as to what to do from there. As a general rule, to request a correction, both parents must write and sign a letter explaining the details of their situation or possibly even appear in person to make their request. Additionally, supporting identification records will be required to make an amendment (photo ID with a signature, pay stub, bank statement, utility bill, or current car registration), plus a copy of the paternity test, as well any other documentation that may be requested. If your child's mother won't co-operate for some reason, then you'd be well advised to consult with an attorney.


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