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Showing Frequently Asked Questions for Subject: Birth certificates
How do I change or remove a name from a birth certificate?
The process of changing or removing a name from a birth certificate begins with an establishment of the biological paternity of the child. This can be done by contacting the Franklin County Child Support Enforcement Agency at 466-1497 to schedule a hearing. At the time of the hearing, the mother and the alleged father can sign an acknowledgement of paternity affidavit. If one of the parties declines to sign the affidavit, then Child Support Enforcement will conduct genetic tests. These tests will determine whether or not the alleged father is the biological father. If the alleged father is proven to be the biological father, then Child Support will submit a Determiniation of Paternity form to the Ohio Department of Health. This form will add the father's name to the birth certificate. If the alleged father is proven not to be the biological father, the same Determiniation of Paternity form is used to remove the father's name from the birth certificate. If any of the parties object to the Child Support Enforcement Agency conducting the hearing, the Agency will prepare and sign a "Notice to the Clerk of Courts" bypass form to the allow the parties to file a "Complaint to Establish Paternity" with the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. If this happens, the Court will submit the Determinination of Paternity form to the Ohio Department of Health. This, and much other useful information, can be obtained from the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations and Juvenile Division, Child Support: Frequently Asked Questions.