Is it legal to put a medical bill for a child in a father’s name without his permission?

There was no marriage and there are no legal papers stating he is responsible for any bills.

Asked on June 26, 2009 under Business Law, Ohio


J.M.A., Member in Good Standing of the Connecticut Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

I am a lawyer in CT and practice in this area of the law.  You may put the bill in the father's name; however, be mindful that the father may deny liability for the bill, especially if you were in contact with someone else or if someone else made the appointment and the father has no idea what is going on.  I suggest putting both names on it (i.e. the one that came in with the baby and the father.

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