how can i protect my baby’s father without marriage?

I am 16 my boyfriend is 21. I turn 17 next
month I am pregnant. Due in august this
year. The age of consent in California is 18
and I am scared he won’t be able to sign the
birth certificate ,or go to jail. Getting married
is a very small option . who would report
him,if its not my parents ? Are they the people
at the hospital? Helpme

Asked on April 9, 2016 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, the people at the hospital could report him. Or your parents. Or school guidance counselors or other staff who become aware of the situation. Or your friend's parents. Etc--basically, anyone who knows or suspects could report him.
The only defense in your state, given the ages you describe, would be marriage. There is no other viable legal defense.


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