How much of a difference does it make if the father is or isn't on the birth certificate?

Leslie - posted on 06/03/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

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I have two daughters with two different guys and they are 5 years apart. The relationships with the two guys where two very different ones. Anyways, I don't want to go into detail about either. What I would like to know is if a father is on the birth certificate or not, does one way give more rights to him then the other? Please, Help!!! Thank you

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Cathy - posted on 06/04/2010

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Hi. If he decides to take you to court for visitation or custody one day and his name is not on the certificate, it will be difficult for him to do so. He would have to prove paternity whether you say your daughter is his or not. It becomes a lengthy procedure. My daughter's dad is not on her registration cos i don't want him to have any say in her upbringing. If your aiming for that then you did the right thing

Bekah - posted on 06/03/2010

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My daughters father isnt on her birth certificate cause in Ontario you can't legal put them on with out there consent, and he wasnt around... SOOO, when I went to court they ask if she had his last name and I said no, asked if he was her father and I said yup... and I walked out with SOLE CUSTODY just like that. They never asked to see her birth certificate or anything.

Candace - posted on 03/24/2011

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With name on birth certificate usually gives them rights and you rights for child support. No name on it means they have to prove it. But either way, if he would try to get rights or if the name on the BC would give him rights you have control by going through the courts of the type of rights he could have. To get child support you would have to prove paternity without the name. sadly, it can also depend on the judge because if they take you for visitation and they prove paternity they can get rights through a judge and unless you have incriminating stuff against them more than likely they will get the rights. But if you had the name on the bc then if you didn't want them to have rights you could fight for sole custody and in most places mothers most always win those cases. They usually always want mothers to have custody of the kids. It is really weird how the system works. It's pretty much touch and go.

Jamie - posted on 09/04/2010

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It really doesn't matter either way. If the father wants rights all he has to do is take you to court and get a DNA test and if he comes out to be the father then he gets rights. The only difference is that if he is on the birth certificate then he automatically has the rights and if he isn't then he has to get a dna test to prove he is the father before receiving rights.

Heather - posted on 09/01/2010

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Yes being on the birth certificate gives the man rights...paperwork wise anyway... Morally both men have the right... however not knowing the full situation... No name basically no rights, no child support... Name on birth certificate means child support and the right to see said child.. hope that helps....

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Phil - posted on 01/01/2014

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HI Bekah, Thats really helpful advice. Would you be able to tell me the name of the Lawyer you used too? Thank you!

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