Cleo and I went out for a month or so. The next thing I know, she says I am her baby’s father! Should I put my name on the birth certificate?
In New Jersey, the rule is clear and certain. Parents must support their children
from the day they are born until they are at least 18 years old. Therefore, the relevant question is “Am I the father?” The courts will usually allow you to have a test to determine paternity. BUT . . .
While the this list is not conclusive, you will be presumed to be the child’s biological father if:
A presumption is exactly that! The presumption may be rebutted in court if you have clear and convincing evidence to present to the judge. The judge will look at the facts, the proofs each party produces to determine what makes sense and what is credible. If you prevail in court, you will get an Order which terminates the presumed father’s paternal rights or by establishing that another man is the child’s biological or adoptive father.
Before you sign, make sure you are the parent. Your failure to do so could require you to pay support for seventeen years!