Yes, a parent’s name can be removed from a child’s birth certificate. A birth certificate is an important document and is often used for identification purposes throughout a lifetime. Because of this, it’s important that a child’s birth certificate contains accurate information. Typically, a birth certificate contains the names of both of an individual’s biological parents or the names of an individual’s adopted parents.

In some cases, a man may be mistakenly named on a birth certificate as the biological father of a child. This can happen when a woman and man are married at the time a child is born, but the husband named on the

birth certificate is not the biological father. This can also occur when an unmarried mother gives birth but is unsure of who the biological father is, and later discovers the mistake.

Having the correct name listed as the biological father on your child’s birth certificate is important for legal purposes. In most states, it is assumed that the name listed as the father on the child’s birth certificate is the child’s biological father. This means that there may be a legal obligation by the father named on the certificate to pay child support to the child’s mother.

The process for amending a father’s name on a birth certificate varies from state to state. In some states, like California, a court order is required to amend a birth certificate. It’s in your bests interests and the bests interests of your child to begin the birth certificate amendment process as soon as possible after you discover that the father listed on the certificate is not the child’s biological father.

How Can I Remove a Name from My Child’s Birth Certificate in California?

In California, amending the father’s name on your child’s birth certificate requires the completion of a two-step process before a new birth certificate will be issued.

The first step in removing a father’s name from a birth certificate requires that you file a petition with your local family court in California. When you file a petition, you are asking the court for permission to change the name on the birth certificate.

In California, a court order is required for such a change to ensure that the change is valid and to ensure that the name of a biological parent is not unfairly being removed from the certificate.

Because of this legal protection, before you receive a court order, you have to show paternity. Paternity is the process of proving to the court that the named father on the birth certificate is not the biological father of your child. Once paternity is proven, then the court will issue your order so that you can complete the next step in the process.

The second step required to remove a father’s name from a birth certificate in California involves filing the court order, a photocopy of the inaccurate birth certificate, a filing fee, and an affidavit to amend a record with the Department of Vital Records.

The Department of Vital Records will amend the birth certificate only if all of these filing requirements are met. A new birth certificate will be issued by the Department of Vital Records.

How Do I Prove Paternity to Get a Court Order?

Under the law, the father listed on a child’s birth certificate is presumed to be the child’s biological father. The court requires that you show proof that the father listed on the birth certificate is not the child’s biological father.

This is required before the court will allow a birth certificate to be amended. DNA testing can be used to prove paternity to show that another man is the child’s biological father.  

What If the Hospital Spelled the Father’s Name Incorrectly on the Certificate?

In some situations, a biological father may be correctly named on a child’s birth certificate, but the father’s name might also be misspelled by the hospital. In the state of California, you can correct a misspelling without having to complete the process for obtaining a court order and proving paternity. You can submit an affidavit to amend a birth certificate form with the Department of Vital Records.

Do I Need an Attorney to Remove a Father’s Name From My Child’s Birth Certificate?

While you may be able to amend your child’s birth certificate on your own, navigating the family court system can be confusing and time consuming. Proving paternity is a necessary step in getting a court order to amend a birth certificate. This can be a difficult process as well.

In order to successfully remove a father’s name from your child’s birth certificate, it is in your best interest to contact a family law attorney who can advise you on the necessary steps involved in the process.