Arkansas, AR. Paternity Laws, Statutes, & Birth Certificate Change:
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When a child is born to married parents, there is an automatic legal relationship between the child and the husband of the mother; and the father's name will appear on the birth certificate. When a child is born to unmarried parents, there is no automatic legal relationship between the father and the child. The biological father's name will not be placed on the birth certificate without filling out an Acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP). This is called paternity establishment, and it establishes the biological father as the legal father.
How to Establish Paternity
There are two ways to establish paternity:
1. Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity
This method does not require that the mother is a customer of OCSE.
A mother and father can voluntarily sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity (AOP) form any time before the child turns 18. Establishing paternity is easy and free. The process is available to parents if the mother was not married at the time of birth or if the biological father is someone other than the mother's current spouse. If both parents complete the AOP form, they don't have to go to court to establish paternity.
Both parents must have their signature witnessed and notarized by a Notary Public. No blood test is required. AOP forms are available in birthing centers throughout Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Health, and any local Office of Child Support Enforcement. Each facility can help you complete the form.
If the mother was married to someone other than the biological father at the time of birth, an AOP can be completed at the hospital by the mother, husband/ex-husband, and the biological father; the biological father’s name will appear on the birth certificate.
If a birth certificate is filed with Vital Records without a father's name, and later the mother and the biological father want to complete the AOP, the parents can go to the Vital Records office and complete the AOP. The birth certificate will be amended showing the father's name. There is a space on the AOP that allows for the change of the child's last name.
Parents will not be able to use the AOP if a child is born into a marriage, and later the father discovers he is not the biological father. The parties will need to seek the advice of a private attorney.
2. Ask OCSE to Assist
A mother can apply for OCSE services to receive help to establish paternity for her child. If a putative father is not in agreement that he is the father, OCSE will give him an opportunity to agree to genetic testing. If the putative father agrees to genetic testing, we will schedule the testing. If the putative father does not agree to genetic testing, we will request that a judge order the putative father appear for genetic testing.
If genetic testing finds that a putative father is not the biological father, then the mother will be responsible for the court cost and the cost of genetic testing. If the mother is receiving cash assistance, there are no fees charged. If genetic testing finds the putative father is the biological father, he will be responsible for court costs and the cost of genetic testing.
The husband of a married woman is presumed to be the legal father of her children. At the time of birth and before the mother leaves the hospital, if the husband knows he is not the father of her child, he can deny paternity if the mother and biological father are in agreement. Once all parties sign the back of the Acknowledgment of Paternity and the document has been notarized, a legal relationship exists between the biological father and the child.
OCSE does not have any authority to assist in disestablishing paternity. You must pursue this action on your own or with a private attorney.
Either parent may change their mind about signing the AOP by completing a form and filing it with the Office of Vital Records within 60 days from the date of the last notarized signature. Rescission forms are available at the Department of Health Vital Records Office.
After 60 days of signing the AOP, or in situations where a child is born into a marriage, and later the father believes he is not the biological father, the legal father will have to ask the courts to remove his name from the birth certificate. [More]
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In general, when a person wishes to have their last name added to a child's birth certificate, the state will require that a legal DNA test be performed to prove the biological relationship. Any realtional test may be used to prove kinship such a paternity, maternity, siblingship, grandparent, and avuncular. This is also true when you desire to collect Social Security benefits or get a visa from the USCIS & Deapartment Of Homeland Security in an immigration situation where someone is being brought into the United States from another country.
Birth Certificate Vital Statistic Information:
If you need to obtain a copy of your child's birth certificate, or want to change your child's name, then you may need to contact the office of vital statistics for Arkansas, (AR):
* Locations in Arkansas, (AR)
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