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This Article will briefly touch upon some existing legal channels, including voluntary acknowledgment of parentage, second-parent adoption, and marriage/civil unions.
As explained earlier in the Article, every state allows unmarried opposite-sex couples to establish a legal parent-child relationship through a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity (VAP), a simple mechanism available at the hospital immediately before or after birth of the child.
Still, there are downsides to voluntary acknowledgment of parentage as a single avenue, two of which will be mentioned here.
Why Voluntary Acknowledgments of Paternity Should be Available to Lesbian Co-Parents, 7 MOD.
Deborah Mell, accomplishes two things: It amends the Paternity Act and other Acts, to insure that both parties be informed of their right to DNA testing before an adjudication of paternity can be made either through a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity, court proceedings or an administrative law judge.
It amends the Paternity Act to insure that both parties be clearly informed of their right to DNA testing before a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity is signed or the paternity order is entered by the court or administrative law judge.
Difficulties arise, in part, because since the late 1990s a man's name cannot appear on the birth certificate of a child born to an unwed woman unless there is a signed and witnessed voluntary acknowledgment of paternity by the man and the woman.
The 1996 federal welfare reform law directs that voluntary acknowledgment of paternity by an unwed father should be treated as a conclusive and binding establishment of paternity, although it allows for a 60-day rescission period; a 2000 Department of Health and Human Services report on paternity establishment strongly urged state child support collection agencies to follow these guidelines and to encourage the courts to do so as well.
Being involved in the so-called fatherhood movement, I have gone to community-based organizations and talked to people who would provide these services--the people who would be sliding the voluntary acknowledgment from across the table to fathers for their signatures.
The bill requires a feasibility study to be conducted on electronic processing of birth records, allows paternity to be established administratively based on genetic testing results of 99 percent or greater, allows amended birth record information to be available to the Department of Revenue (DOR or the department) without a court order, permits genetic testing in correctional facilities based on an administrative order, establishes a licensing application requirement for hospital paternity programs, and clarifies that hospitals will not be sanctioned or fined for noncompliance with requirements to assist unmarried parents execute voluntary acknowledgments of paternity.