I recenty ordered and received my child's birth certificate and on it is the other parent's name, which I never agreed upon when she was born 10 yrs ago. I did however put the guy on child support and just now received afew payments. Did the court add his name to the birth certificate? how do I remove it? How do I close the child support now? My common law husband has supported her all her life.
You cannot remove the legal father's name from the birth certificate even if you don't want it there. If you are not receiving any public assistance and you have not received any public assistance, you MAY be able to waive child support on behalf of your child, but you'll have to speak with a local attorney in person about that. It is the child's right to receive support from both legal parents and there are very limited circumstances when a parent may waive that right on behalf of the child.
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Family Law Attorney
Florida does not recognize common law marriages. However, if you actually married, you could petition the court for a step-parent adoption. Perhaps your ex would consent to it; or you could force it on him.
Intellectual Property Law Attorney
I agree with Mr. Wallace that you will most likely need to proceed with a step parent adoption to get his name removed particularly after this length of time. He is also correct that Florida does not recognize common law marriages. I would advise speaking to an adoption attorney in your area as soon as possible. Best of luck to you.
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