Q: I want to legally recognize my son, give him my last name on his birth certifiDoes his mom need to be okay with it this?
A: Yes. When adding father's name to the child's birth certificate, both parents must consent. If the mother does not consent, you can file a petition to establish paternity. It will be granted after providing genetic samples proving you are the biological father of the child. The court will issue an Administrative Order of Paternity and ask the Bureau of Vital Statistics to amend the child’s birth certificate.
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