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Is There Any Way to Remove a Father’s Name From a UK Birth Certificate?

July 11, 2021

If you have found yourself in a situation where you want to have your father’s name removed from your birth certificate, there is some information that you need to know before you embark on this process. 

There are reasons that you might want to have your birth certificate revised and you can do so, but you will need to make sure that you follow the proper steps before you seek this correction.

If you want to learn more about the process to have a father’s name removed from your birth certificate, read on!

Can a Father’s Name be Removed From a Birth Certificate?

This is an important question that you need to have answered before you embark on this process. In the UK, you can remove a father from a birth certificate, but only if that person is not your natural and biological father. You cannot remove the father entry from your birth certificate if the person listed on your birth certificate is your natural father.

It is very rare to be able to modify a birth certificate in this way, as it is a very involved process. UK law requires that the biological father be recorded on every birth certificate as a matter of public record. This is why you cannot just remove and not replace a father’s information on your birth certificate.

How to Remove a Non-Biological Father From a Birth Certificate

What about situations where the person listed as your father is not your biological father? If you have found yourself in this situation, you can have the certificate changed, but you will need to make sure that you secure a family lawyer to help you with this process.

This mistake might have occurred due to an issue with the spelling of the name of your birth father, or maybe you have found out via a DNA test that this person is not your actual father and you now know who your real father is. If this is your situation, you can have the birth certificate changed.

What Are the Steps to Remove a Non-Biological Father From Your Birth Certificate?

To do this, you will need to follow every step of the process to amend your birth certificate or your request will be denied.

·         Get a DNA test record from an approved tester

·         Get a court order confirming that the person named is not your true father

·         Present evidence that confirms the name of your true father

·         Present evidence that is needed to support your claims.

You will need to be able to prove that the person listed on your birth certificate is not your father and you will need to be able to offer DNA proof that they are not related to you and that your true birth father is DNA related to you.

You can see why it is important to obtain a family lawyer’s help to get all of the necessary testing and court documents in order to be able to seek an amendment to your birth certificate. There are many essential steps that need to be followed to undertake this process and you will want to be sure that you do not miss a single step as you work through the process.

How is the Correction Process Completed?

Once the change has been approved and verified, you will send a form and the correct fee to the registration office that your certificate was created by. The original information will always show in their register, but the correction will be added as a margin to the ledger.

Your new certificate will have the same note in the margin and display the original information. Short birth certificates will include only the child’s details and not have notes in the margins. Your full certificate will still show the correction, but the short one will just show your corrected details.

How Much Does it Cost to Remove a Name From the Birth Certificate?

Thankfully, your biggest costs related to this process will be your lawyer’s fees. The actual paperwork changes do not cost much at all.

It costs between £75.00 and £90.00 to correct your birth certificate. You will need to contact the registered office where your birth was registered to find out where and how to send in the application and pay the fee.

How Long Does the Process Take?

Application turnaround times can vary. Some people get their certificate back in a week while others will wait for about a month. There is no way to rush this process either, so you will need to be patient as your paperwork is processed.

What Are the Benefits to Having the Father’s Name Corrected on a Birth Certificate?

If you have found out that the person listed on your birth certificate is not someone that you want to be associated with and you know that you are not related to them, you might not want to have their name appear in any connection legally with your own. You might also want to avoid a connection with an abusive step-parent or someone who might seek to have control over your personal affairs.

For those who have criminal parents listed on their birth certificate who is not biologically related to them, getting away from the association with criminal activity can be a big relief as well. The biggest factor that is often under consideration when making this change, however, is that it will remove the parental rights and responsibilities of the father that was listed on the birth certificate.

In some cases, this is an essential change to make for the safety and well-being of you and your family.

What Are the Disadvantages to Removing the Father’s Name From a Birth Certificate?

The biggest disadvantage to doing this is that the child can lose the right to any child support that is due to them from the listed parent. The father is listed on the birth certificate and then removed will not have any parental rights to the child anymore, which includes support payments.

Another disadvantage that is not always thought of, is that the child will also lose any inheritance or other legal connections to the removed parent. There will be no death benefits that come to them after this person dies, for example, and no way for them to access social security related to their listed father’s death.

While it might still be the best solution for your personal needs to make sure that you remove a father from your bright certificate who you do not want to have involved in your life, these legal considerations should be looked at as well before the decision is made. There can be emotional ramifications to this change as well as monetary and support-related ramifications to consider.

Do I Need My Father’s Permission to Remove Their Name?

It is not always required that the father be involved in the name change process. If both the mother and natural father agree to have the removal done, the father may not need to provide permission. The actual removal process can be done more quickly if the person that is named as the father provides written consent for the change and a letter confirming that they are all right with the change being done.

Additionally, If the mother will not contact the father or the father is not willing to reply to these requests, it can be impossible in some cases to alter the birth certificate. However, you will not have to apply to the courts to have the certificate changed if you have DNA evidence and a written statement supporting the change. This is why it is always much more efficient to have the agreement of the listed father if you can get it.

Changing a Father’s Name on Your Birth Certificate is a Big Decision

This is a decision that requires a lot of thought. There might be very valid reasons that you wish to have this person removed from your birth certificate and it might make the most sense to have this process completed for your welfare and mental health. However, there are often disadvantages to removing the father’s name from your birth certificate and you should think about all of the pros and cons of the process before you commit to making the change.

There is an entire list of reasons that you might want to make this kind of change to the public record of your birth, and you should ultimately do so if you think that it is the right thing for your well-being and mental and emotional health. Always make sure that you consider engaging a lawyer to help you with this process as it can be very complicated to navigate.

While changing the father’s name on a birth certificate is not impossible, it is a significant change and a legal process and you must follow every step correctly to have a successful outcome for your efforts.

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