If you need a paternity attorney located in Orange County because you are the father of your child and you were not married to the mother, but now you wish to get your name on your child’s birth certificate, there are a couple of ways to accomplish this task.
But first, before you attempt to go forward with any of the legal documents, I recommend you consult with a paternity attorney, which is also a family law attorney. Some offer free consultations in order to review the particulars in your paternity case.
California courts offer father two methods of getting their name on the child’s birth certificate. Again, this is for a father who was not married to the mother.
- The declaration of paternity must be signed. Usually takes place in the hospital. Let’s say you were not present or unaware that you had a child, then you can proceed to the next option.
- Open a parentage case by filing a petition to establish a parental relationship. This will allow the father to legally create paternity through the courts.
After paternity has been established through the Orange County family law court. The father will contact the local registrar of births and deaths in order to obtain “form VS 22”, which is an application for amending a birth record-acknowledgement of paternity/parentage.
The above link will give you an overview of what the process entails. The first time one of my associates read the instructions, he stated, “I see why people hire family law attorneys, it’s a lot of work.”
The forms can be obtained from any local registrars of births and deaths or
• Call Customer Service at (916) 445-2684.
• You can also get the VS 22 form from the County Recorder or any County Health Department in any California.
If after reading this article and reviewing the instructions on how to get your name on the birth certificate and find it overwhelming and still need a paternity attorney in Orange County to help you, no worries call my office and I will be happy to assist you.