Add the Dad…It's Important!
In the Commonwealth of Virginia if parents are not legally married at the time of birth, the biological father’s name will not appear on the child’s birth certificate unless paternity is established. Other reasons why you should add a dad to the birth certificate include:
- If parents are not legally married at the time of birth, the biological father does not have any rights to the child until paternity is established.
- In order to be recognized as the child’s legal father there are steps that must be taken so the biological father can become the legal father.
- Being the legal father of your child does not automatically mean that you will be required to pay child support, have custody or even visitation. These are separate issues from establishing paternity and require separate court determinations.
- Even if you plan to marry or if you live together, establishing legal fatherhood guarantees the child’s rights. Only when the father’s name is added to the child’s birth certificate can the child be sure of who his or her legal parents are.