Mainly just asking what the bio father's rights are in re signing the birth certificate of his biological child's at the child's birth. Can the bio mother keep the bio father from being named on their child's birth certificate even though there is no dispute that he is the bio father, & even though the bio father wants to be named on their child's birth certificate? Is this completely up to the mother? Does the bio father have any rights here? If the bio mother can, legally, refuse to name the bio father on their child's birth certificate, how can the bio father fight to be legally named on the certificate? IMPORTANT: Bio mother & father have never been married to each other, but have been in a long-term 'relationship,' albeit extremely sporadically, for about 4 years. They have cohabitated together, on & off, during this time. Also, they have a second child with the same set of circumstances - bio father not named on birth certificate per the bio mother, even though he desired to be named at time of their child's birth.
The father's best option is to file a paternity lawsuit, if paternity has not been adjudicated for the first child he can sue to have paternity of both children established.
Then, not only can the Court order that the father's name be placed on the birth certificate, it can also establish what custodial or visitation rights he will have -- if mom won't even agree to having the father on the birth certificate, it's a good bet that there will eventually be problems with seeing the child.
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