If a mother does not want to put the father’s name on her child’s birth certificate, can a state get a court order for paternity?

My daughter is pregnant and has applied for badgercare and listed the baby’s fathers name (he lives out of state). Can the state get a court order for paternity if she doesn’t want to put him on the birth cerficate? She is concerned since they already know his name.

Asked on June 13, 2012 under Family Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

Brad Micklin / Brad M. Micklin, Esq.

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Yes, if she names the father on a court pleading, whether or not it's on the birth certificate, the state can seek a paternity test. The state has a greater interest in determining whether or not there is another parent to provide support and well seek a paternity declaration for the natural father.


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