Quote from eager1hasbegun
Does anyone know Mom's options about naming a father on the birth certificate? Is she allowed to put none or unknown??
But you need to know something. When the child comes to an age of understanding, they will want to know who their biological father is. If they were lied to, they will feel a sense of betrayal and often become resentful. I've heard of and read about many instances of this. It should be one's birthright to know who both parents responsible for their existence were. Adoptees, for example, especially struggle with this because in most states their original birth certificates were sealed stonewalling them from this information even after they reach adulthood. Children adopted by stepfathers where the b.father is unknown, also.
In past decades if a mother was unmarried, the father was automatically left off of the birth certificate...no fault of the mother it was just done because according to the state the father had not "legitimized" the child and therefore didn't legally count. Years later an adoptee would gain access to their information or their birth certificate and would see no name for the father, but continue to search for who he was, even wanting to meet him if possible. The unknown, or lies, become a sure source of anguish.