Legal Question in Family Law in New York

If a child is born and no acknowledgement of paternity was signed, and the mother later marries, can the husband sign the acknowledgement of paternity and be added to the birth certificate as the legal father?

Asked on 10/23/13, 10:40 am

1 Answer from Attorneys

Paula McGill Attorney at Law

As noted on the form and instructions, the acknowledgement of paternity is used if you are the biological father and nobody else can be the biological father.

If you are truly the biological father of the child, you can sign the acknowledgement of paternity up until the child turns 18. If you aren't the bio dad, you can formally adopt the child. An adoption makes you the legal father with all rights and responsibilities. Moreover, once the adoption is complete, you are added to the birth certificate.

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Answered on 10/25/13, 2:47 pm

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