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The father was not included on the birth certificate of a child because he died before the child was born. There is no dispute as to parentage and the mother would like the birth certificate amended to include the deceased father. Is a declaration of parentage required, or can the birth certificate be amended by statutory declaration?

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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk
Published on LexisPSL on 20/03/2019

The following Family Q&A produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The father was not included on the birth certificate of a child because he died before the child was born. There is no dispute as to parentage and the mother would like the birth certificate amended to include the deceased father. Is a declaration of parentage required, or can the birth certificate be amended by statutory declaration?

When the mother and father of a child are married there is a legal presumption that the husband is the biological father of the child. For this reason, a married mother may register both herself and her husband on the child’s birth certificate without the father attending the registration. If the parents are unmarried, however, then the father needs either to attend the registration of the child’s birth in order to be entered on the birth certificate, or to complete a statutory declaration of parentage.

In the scenario of this Q&A where the unmarried father has died, it is

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