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Give fathers a right to be added to birth certificates if proven by a DNA test

Submitted by Jade Lauren Gray Smith on Monday 9th January 2023

Published on Thursday 12th January 2023

Current status: Open

Open until: Wednesday 12th July 2023

Current Signatures: 12
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Petition Action

Give fathers a right to be added to birth certificates if proven by a DNA test

Petition Details

Currently fathers only hold parental responsibility if they are married to the mother or named on the birth certificate. I would like Government to give fathers the right, if a DNA test has been completed and there are no welfare reasons, to be added to the birth certificate without a court case.

Additional Information

The baby is genetically 50/50, and we believe it should not be up to the mother to agree whether a father is added to the birth certificate.

If a mother doesn't agree to reregister a birth certificate, a father needs to get a Declaration of Parentage from the courts, which can be time consuming and costly. We want fathers to have the right to be added to the birth certificate without a court case, if a DNA test has been completed and there are no welfare reasons.


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