Can I put my baby's father's name on the birth certificate even though he is not around?

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    that depends on your state's rules. Ask your midwife.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Not around as in not involved, or not around as in not ABLE to be around?

    If he is just not able to be there to sign the paternity form, I don't know what is done. However, if you are considering putting him on if he doesn't want to be involved, then I say DON'T! Trust me, from personal experience. If you put his name on the bc, that gives him the same rights as you do to the child. In other words, say he's not around for a while, then decides for some reason he wants to come pick up your child and take it somewhere. You can't do anything to stop him. I mean you can find loopholes, like him not having a carseat or something, but you can't just tell him he can't. Even if he hasn't been around, him being on the bc automatically gives him rights. It's something you want to consider long and hard, because it can affect everything. I never thought twice about it when I had my baby, cuz I was still with my bf at the time. But looking back, I would've left him off of the bc if I could have - I don't know if you can do that. At least if you are in a situation where he isn't around, he will have to go through court to have anything to do with his child if you don't put his name on.

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  • 1 decade ago

    does he know that you are having his baby? If not please tell him unless he is a child molester or murderer. I didn't know my father until i found him when I was 18. Him and my mother's side of the family did not like each other even though both him and my mother were good people. He didn't even know I was his son till I found him. We have missed so much in our lives together and I still recent my mother's side of the family for this. If he does know and just don't care then take his sorry *** in for child support. Well I'de try to put it on there even if I had to get a lawyer because you child will atleast need ot know his fathers family medical history.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Where I live the father has to be present and sign an acknowledgement of paternity in order to have his name on the birth certificate.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes. (At least in Texas that's true.) In fact, you can put anyone's name down as the father. They don't do a paternity test. But, the named father does have rights to the baby.

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  • 1 decade ago

    well if you can they need to change the laws in your state.

    you could claim that anyone is the father and be ruining the wrong persons life.

    in my state a father, if not married has to sign an acknowledgment of paternity to be put on the birth certificate.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I live in PA and I was not allowed to put my ex's name on our childs birth certificate because he wasnt there to say he was the father.

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  • .vato.
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    1 decade ago

    Yes. My husband was deployed when my son was born and he's on the certificate. Ask your doctor at your next visit or call down to the labor and delivery board to see what they say. Congratulations and Best of Luck!

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  • 1 decade ago

    That all depends on what state you live in. Here in Virginia I was able to add my husband's name to our daughter's certificate even though he was deployed overseas at the time.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes you can. However, he may try to use that against you later on saying that it gives him visitation rights and all that. It really doesn't. It will help if your baby wants geneology information, however. It isn't necessary, though, especially if he has not been active in the pregnancy and you don't expect him to be around for the baby.

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  • 1 decade ago

    yes you can and he will be responsible for financial responsibility.

    i know because i did it with my youngest. he gets out of prison in a couple of days and then he will be right back in there for back child support. if hte baby is already born they will do a dna test to make sure and if not then you can put it on there and depending on ;your relationship with him give the baby your last name and tell no one about it. that way you have control of the situation.!

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