When a child is born to unmarried parents, the father does not automatically have the legal rights of a parent and will not be added to the birth certificate. To get legal rights as the father of the child, there are two options:
- Sign a Declaration of Paternity
- Get a court order which legally establishes paternity (fatherhood) and pay a fee to amend the birth certificate.
The Paternity Opportunity Program (POP) is a free and easy way to establish paternity without having to go to court.