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Adding a father’s name to birth certificate can sometimes be a tedious process. Depending on your specific situation. Trying to determine which path you may need to take to accomplish this task can be confusing and challenging. Below is a chart listing situations you may be in and the action can take as it pertains to your situation. The information is taken from New York State Dept of Health and Hygiene and the Dept. of Vital Records.

Marriage Status What you need to do
Mother married during pregnancy, want to add spouse's name (male or female)If you were married at the time of your child's birth, complete Section 4 on page 4 of the Birth Certificate Correction  application
Mother married after birth but not to the biological father.Go to Family or Supreme Court for an Order of Adoption.

Same Sex Parents (Male) married or not married

Go to Family or Supreme Court for an Order of Adoption.
Same Sex Parents (Female) not married.

Go to Family or Supreme Court for an Order of Adoption

Mother married to a male during pregnancy but not to biological fatherGo to Family Court for an Order of Filiation
Mother not married during pregnancy and not married now and wants to add a fatherFill out and complete an Acknowledgment of Paternity Form.

Mother not married during pregnancy but now married to biological fatherComplete an Acknowledgement of Paternity form (DSS 4418) or go to Family Court for an Order of Filiation

In the event, the chart above does not answer a specific question you need to be answered. We recommend seeking a legal professional in the area Family Law to assist you. 



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