Recognition of Parentage

What is the Recognition of Parentage?

The recognition of parentage is a document that establishes the legal relationship between a father and his child when the father is not married to the child's mother. Both parents must sign this form and a notary public must witness each signature. The signed Recognition of Parentage must be filed with the Office of the State Registrar for the father's name to be added to the child's birth certificate.

If the Recognition of Parentage was not signed at the hospital when a child was born, it can be signed later. Recognition of Parentage forms can be obtained and signed at the child support office and the child support worker will file the forms with the Office of the State Registrar, or forms can be obtained through the Office of the State Registrar.