Paternity can be established in the following ways: 1. If a case is contested, or if there is some doubt as to the father of the child, either parent may request that the BCSE conduct genetic testing to determine the father of the child. The BCSE will then order all parties to submit to genetic testing.
If paternity is established through genetic testing the BCSE will schedule a support hearing to establish a support order for the child ren. If either party fails to submit to the test or fails to submit the child for genetic testing, the BCSE may request the family court to find the party in contempt and determine the issue of paternity. When a child is born to an unmarried woman, the birth mother and birth father who are not married to each other may complete a Declaration of Paternity Affidavit.
If the affidavit is completed after the child's first birthday it can not be changed from the child's original last name without a court order.
The Declaration of Paternity Affidavit must be signed by both the mother and the father, and both signatures must be notarized, but the document may be signed at different times, and in front of different notaries. If one of the parties is an unemancipated minor, his or her parent or legal guardian must also sign the respective Declaration of Paternity Affidavit.
Each individual signature must be notarized.
If the alleged father does not sign the Paternity Affidavit, paternity must be established through the courts. The mother can go to the local BCSE office in the county in which she resides and request paternity establishment services or consult with an attorney to be advised of her rights and possible course of action.
If the mother or father has any doubts, the Declaration of Paternity Affidavit should not be completed and signed. If you are utilizing BCSE services for the purpose of establishing support and there is a concern regarding the father of the child, the BCSE will assist with establishing paternity through genetic testing. If the Paternity Affidavit is missing required data elements, a new Paternity Affidavit must be completed and returned to the Vital Registration office.
The parent s are advised to contact the Division of Vital Statistics, Capitol Street, Room , Charleston, WV or telephone for additional information. The father must establish paternity to have his name appear on the birth certificate. If the mother and father do not complete a Declaration of Paternity Affidavit, either parent can go to the BCSE or the circuit clerk of the county in which the child resides and request paternity establishment services. West Virginia law provides that the name of the father shall be included on the birth record of the child of unmarried parents only if:.
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When the Paternity Affidavit is registered and certified by the DVS, the rights and duties of the child regarding the father will be recognized, and the child may be eligible for Social Security benefits, insurance benefits, inheritance or estate distribution. You may be trying to access this site from a secured browser on the server. Please enable scripts and reload this page. State Agency Directory Online Services. Personal check or money order should be made payable to Vital Registration. To verify current fees, the telephone number is Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the Internet at the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources website External.
Remarks: State office has records since January For earlier records, write to Clerk of County Court in county where event occurred.
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Remarks: Marriage indexes from forward. Certified copies available from forward.
Before , see county below. Remarks: Indexes only since Certified copies are not available from state office. See county below.