A birth certificate gives your baby his or her legal name and also says who the baby’s parents are, where the baby was born and when. It is a legal document that your baby will use later on for things like getting passports or getting a driver’s license.
A birth certificate can be issued for the baby without a father’s name on it.
Some parents can provide
- financial support,
- health insurance for the child, and/or
- part of their Social Security, workers’ compensation, life insurance, or other benefits.
If the parents cannot agree on the baby’s name and end up fighting in court, a judge will decide what name is best for the baby.
Usually only biological or adoptive parents have rights and responsibilities to their children. But sometimes courts recognize other people as “presumed” or “psychological” parents.
Once the forms are submitted for the birth certificate, the information becomes final and only can be changed by a judge in court.
Yes, in most cases.
For free help, call one of the organization linked below. They can answer your questions and help you fill out the forms you need for emancipation.
Call the court clerk’s office in your county. Ask them where to turn in your forms, and whether you have to fill out any extra forms for that county.
In some counties, the court orders an investigation before deciding. If your county does that, someone will contact you. The investigator may talk to other people, too, including your parents. The investigator will write a report about your situation and give it to the court.
If you commit a crime, you may still be charged as a juvenile (under 18).
The court has 30 days after your papers are filed to
- decide your case, or
- schedule a hearing where you and others in your life would come to court to talk to the judge.
No. If you are under 18, the law says you are still a child.