As a general rule of policy and procedure, if the mother was not married at the time of either conception or birth or between conception and birth, the name of the father shall not be entered on the certificate until and unless legal paternity
of the child is established through one of the several legal methods authorized by statute for doing so. This might include the parties jointly signing and filing with Vital Records a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity form or it could be done involuntarily as a result of a judicial or administration action having been brought against for paternity establishment
purposes. It is not unusual, nor surprising, to see legal paternity established as a result of a legal action to which the alleged father never responded (perhaps because he never had actual knowledge of it), resulting in legal paternity being established by default.
You need to obtain a copy of the child’s official state-issued birth certificate so that you can see with your own eyes whether you are listed as the father. Contact the Vital Records agency in your state to get that process started.
If it turns out that your name is XXXXX XXXXX child’s birth certificate, you would then need to do a bit of investigating and back-tracking to see just exactly how this came to be. You might need to consult with a family law
lawyer in your locality for guidance as to how to get this done.
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