Do I Need the Father’s Permission to put His Name on the Birth Certificate?

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“Do I have to have the fathers permission to have his name on the birth certificate? Can my child have a hyphenated last name (mine and the fathers) without his permission?”

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In California, State Law permits the father’s name to be reported on the birth certificate only if the couple is legally married or if, by signing a Declaration of Paternity form, the father agrees to give up his legal rights to challenge paternity. The form is available at birthing hospitals, pre-natal clinics, etc.



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