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Father's Name on Birth Certificate
In most situations, it is beneficial for a child to have the biological fathers name on their birth certificate. It can also be of tremendous benefit for a biological father who wants to be an active part of the child's life.
The easiest method for a father to have his name recorded on the birth certificate is for both parents to sign a form called a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity. This form is a legal document that confirms that two adults openly agree as to the identity of the child's biological father, who then will be formally recognized as the child’s legal father.
The signed Acknowledgment of Paternity form may then be filed with the Putative Father Registry of Georgia’s Department of Public Health. The most valuable benefit from doing this is that it requires the State to notify the biological father if the child is surrendered for adoption. This opens the door for the father to seek custody of the child(ren) instead of the children being adopted by others.
For the father's name to appear on the birth certificate both parents must sign the form at the hospital. Click the following link to learn more about getting a fathers name on a birth certificate.
Changing Father's Name on a Birth Certificate
In order to change the father’s name on a child’s birth certificate, you must comply with Georgia Vital Records laws. To change a father's name on a birth certificate in Georgia you will need to provide evidence of paternity and comply with the Code of Georgia Annotated § 31-10-14, along with the Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia Chapter 290-1-3 set forth the legal requirements. For more information you may view a document published by the Southern Judicial Circuit on CHANGING THE FATHER’S NAME ON A BIRTH CERTIFICATE