Birth Certificates

Posted by Doug Lewis | Apr 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

When a baby is born at a Georgia hospital is the father's name automatically listed on the child's birth certificate?

No, the father's name is not automatically listed on the birth certificate as it depends on several circumstances regarding the birth of the child.

If the mother was married either at the time of conception or at the time of birth, the name of the husband shall be entered on the certificate as the father of the child (unless paternity has been determined otherwise by a court having jurisdiction, in which case the name of the father as determined by the court shall be entered).

If the mother is not married at either the time of conception or at the time of birth, and no Georgia Paternity Acknowledgment Form is completed by the parents of the child, then the name of the putative father shall not be entered on the certificate of birth.  The surname of the child shall be the legal surname of the mother at the time of the birth entered on the certificate as designated by the mother. When a Georgia Paternity Acknowledgment form is completed, the surname of the child shall be entered as designated by both parents.

If the father is not named on the certificate of birth, no other information about the father shall be entered on the certificate.

In any case in which paternity of a child is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction, the name of the father and the surname of the child shall be entered on the certificate of birth in accordance with the finding and order of the court.

Does the hospital issue the birth certificate?

No, birth certificates are issued by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Vital Records.

Source: O.C.G.A. Section 31-10-9

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