If you want to establish paternity, it is a good idea to do this right away.
If the man says he is not the father, LCSA (the Local Child Support Agency) will file a court case against the man whom the mother says is the father (the alleged father).
If he is not the biological father, and the court has not made any custody, visitation, or child-support orders yet, he or the mother has 60 days from the date of signing to cancel his Declaration.
If he is not 18 when he signs the form, he can cancel (rescind) it anytime before he and the mother are both 18 years old plus 60 days.
There are different ways to prove a man is your child’s legal father:
- he and you were married when the baby was born,
- he signed a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity, and/or
- a DNA test.
If the man says he is not the real father, but he missed the 60-day deadline to cancel (rescind) it, he has two years after the baby is born to ask a court to release him from being the legal parent.
If the father does not want to sign the form, you will have to go to court to “establish paternity.” Your local child support agency (LCSA, for short) will help you for free.
If you are married to the baby’s father and you live together, he is automatically the baby’s legal father. Neither of you needs to do anything else.