- gain legal rights to their child by having his name on the birth certificate
- show that they are committed to their child
- establish an emotional bond with the child and participate in the child’s life
Important Information About Establishing Paternity at the Hospital
If both parents are sure that the man is the biological father, they can complete a Voluntary
Paternity Acknowledgment at the hospital when their child is born.
IF EITHER PARENT IS NOT 100% SURE THAT HE IS THE FATHER, THEY SHOULD NOT COMPLETE THE PATERNITY ACKNOWLEDGMENT AND THEY SHOULD
PURSUE DNA TESTING.
The process is easy and available to parents if the mother was not married at any time during her pregnancy.
Parents simply complete a Paternity Acknowledgment Affidavit with the birth clerk. This is a quick summary of the
steps to complete the form:
- The hospital will review the affidavit with you and answer any questions you have.
- Both parents must have a valid photo ID and social security number (if you have one).
- Both the mother and the father sign the same form in front of hospital staff.
- The hospital staff will witness that neither parent is being forced to sign the form against their will.
- Hospital staff will notarize it and send it to the Office of Vital Records with the birth certificate record.
If you have questions regarding paternity establishment or voluntary paternity acknowledgement, please view
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