Normally the father must sign the Birth Registration Form because both parents have responsibility to register the birth of their child.
However, there are exceptions. The Births, Deaths and Marriages registrar does not have to include both parents’ details if:
- One parent completes an application and the other party can’t join in the application because:
- they are dead
- they cannot be found
- they are suffering ill health
- they are unavailable, or
- there is a need to avoid unwarranted distress to obtain the signatures of both parents on the birth registration statement.
- One parent completes an application and the other parent does not dispute the details of the birth.
If only one parent signs the Birth Registration Form they are required to include a letter with it explaining why the other parent has not signed.
If the Father’s name is not on the Birth Certificate, there are some cases where the Court will accept or presume that a person is a parent of a child without any other evidence. There are a number of ways to resolve disagreements about parentage:
- DNA testing
- The man acknowledges that he is the father of the child
- A court makes an order declaring the parties are the parents of the child
- The court relies on a presumption of paternity
If you already have a birth certificate without the father’s name and you want to amend it to include their name, this can be done by the parents completing the Joint Application to Add Father’s Details in a Child’s Birth Registration Form from the Births, Deaths and Marriages website.
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