Adding A Father’s Name To A Birth Certificate

How to add an alleged father’s name to a child’s birth certificate?

Part of the process to establish the legal paternity of a child is adding the biological father’s name to the child’s birth certificate. Before the father’s name can be added. The alleged father will need to first contact the New York State’s Vital Records & Statistics Office to inquire about their process of adding an alleged father to a child’s birth certificate. Contacting Vital Statistics first before doing anything else will save you time in trying to figure out the first thing you need to do. 

Oftentimes a legal paternity test may be required to confirm the biological relationship before completing an Acknowledgment of Paternity Form. It should be noted that this process is for unmarried parents. For married couples the husband has already deemed the legal father of the child therefore his name will automatically be added to the child’s birth certificate.

Do I need a court order to add a biological father to the child’s birth certificate in NY?

For unmarried parents as we understand it. Unmarried parents have to complete an Acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP) form and a paternity test may be required to prove the biological relationship between a father and child. We always recommend that you contact the Vital Records office to inquire about their process and what they require first before performing any additional action. 

Acknowledgment of paternity form:

What is an Acknowledgment of Paternity?

An Acknowledgment of Paternity form is a document that paternity is acknowledged. It can be used to establish paternity, to change the name of the child, to get child support, or for other reasons. The form must be signed by both the mother and father in order for it to be valid. In the United States, since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, many states now publicly provide AOP forms on their websites. An AOP form should not be confused with an Affidavit of Parentage, which is a document that states the legal parent-child relationship between two individuals. An AOP form is used to establish a legal parent-child relationship. In the United Kingdom, the AOP form was replaced by the “Acknowledgement of Paternity (Scotland) Regulations 2007”, which came into force on 1 July 2008.

If you are in need of accurate and affordable legal paternity testing services to add a father’s name to a child’s birth certificate. Do not hesitate to contact our office today at 646-383-9778 to schedule an appointment today.