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    Default Choice of Legal Last Name for a Newborn

    My question involves paternity law for the State of: Missouri
    My 19 year old daughter is expecting in January. Her boyfriend has been separated from his wife for over a year but is still married. Can she put his name on the birth certificate as the father and give the child his last name?

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    Default Re: Legal Last Name of Newborn

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    My question involves paternity law for the State of: Missouri
    My 19 year old daughter is expecting in January. Her boyfriend has been separated from his wife for over a year but is still married. Can she put his name on the birth certificate as the father and give the child his last name?
    Yes, IF he is present at the hospital and signs an acknowledgement of paternity.

    If he isn't present to sign, she can give her child dad's last name, but will not be able to list a father on the BC. That would have to be done at a later date, by Dad establishing legal paternity through court.

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