Can a Mother Indicate a Father’s Name on the Birth Certificate if the Father isn’t Present?

“In South Carolina can a woman put a fathers name on the birth certificate if he is not present and are they required by law at the hospital to I.D. the man?”

Generally, unless an unmarried father acknowledges paternity, his name will not appear on the birth certificate even if the mother gives his name to the hospital to put on the record. The hospital cannot force an acknowledgment of paternity or genetic testing. If the mother seeks child support or paternity, then as part of that action a DNA test can be compelled. Mother and father can voluntarily agree to DNA testing to determine parentage even during pregnancy.

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