My question involves paternity law for the State of: California
I hope I'm not being rude by asking a question on my first post but I have had a nagging question on my brain for 15 years and I thought I might try and resolve it.
My son was born 15 years ago. Unfortunately his mom and I were seperated with this happened and she was living with someone else when he was born. At this point we had not started formal divorce proceedings and I'm not sure what the definition of "legally seperated" is but we had been apart for about six months.
I was at the hospital when my son was born and stayed in the room with his mom for several hours. Our seperation was amicable and there were no hard feelings. We are still friends today.
My question is that when the Birth Certificate was signed I wasn't there. I wasn't asked to be there and therefore had no input on the name. We had previously agreed to his first name, middle name and my last name. When the certificate was signed she added her maiden name in before my last name at the time of signing. I have a feeling this is why I wasn't at the signing. Can she legally do this? Exclude me from the birth certificate signing?
Again, we are on very amicable terms so I'm not I would make a stink after 15 years because he sees it as his name, I'm just curious if there are any legal ramifications because I did not sign the birth certificate. Is she required to offer me the opportunity to review and sign if we are married in the state of California?
Any advice/help is appreciated..thanks!