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Registering The Birth of a Child

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 20 Apr 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
Birth Registration Register Office

In England and Wales, a new baby must be registered within 42 days of its birth. This is usually carried out at your local registry office, although in some cases a mother may be able to register her baby before she leaves hospital if a registrar is present.

Why is it Important to Register The Birth of a Child?

Your child's birth needs to be registered so that they are legally recognised. After the registration, you will receive your baby's birth certificate as proof of registration, and this document will be required if you are claiming any benefits and to prove their identification. Both parents should be named on the birth certificate, if they are known.

Who Can Register The Birth?

The birth can be registered by:
  • Either the mother or father if they are married
  • The child's mother if she is not married

If one of the parents cannot attend the registration, they need to fill in a statutory declaration form and this should be handed in to the registrar.

If a Parental Responsibility agreement in place or either parent has an appropriate court order, this can be presented at the time of registration.

If the father's details are not recorded, it may be possible for these details to be registered at a later date.

What if the Parents Cannot Attend?

If neither the mother or father can attend the registration, then the following may register the birth in their place:
  • The Occupier of the house or hospital where the child was born
  • The person who was present at the birth
  • The person who is responsible for the child

What Information Do We Have To Provide?

You must provide the registrar with the following information for your baby's birth certificate:
  • The date of your child's birth
  • The place of your child's birth
  • Your baby's full name and gender
  • Name, date and place of birth and occupation of the father
  • Name, date and place of birth and occupation of the mother

Make Sure You Get it Right

Registering the birth of your child is a happy experience but, as a birth certificate is a legal document, every attempt should be made to ensure that all information and details relating to both the birth and to the birth parents is accurate at the time of registration. Make sure that all spellings, especially your child's name, are correct as these cannot be corrected.

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Ant - Your Question:
I'm just looking for some advice at the moment as this week I have heard that a new law has come out were if the fathers name isn't on his babies birth certificate the mother of forced todo so and if the mother fails she can be fined £200 My baby was born in 2014 can I still try and get this sorted if so who do I contact

Our Response:
No, the 2009 Welfare Reform Act did contain a provision that required mothers to name fathers (£200 fine and seven days in prison if they didn't) but the law never came into effect. If you want your name on your child's birth certificate you can still apply to have your name added via the courts.
LawAndParents - 21-Apr-17 @ 11:47 AM
My partner of 3 years has a child with another woman and from the start she has refused to put his name on the birth certificate, and found excuses to stop him from seeing the child. he has tried over and over again to have access but nothing's worked. Is it legal for her to refuse to name him on the birth certificate?
Debs - 20-Apr-17 @ 9:16 AM
I'm just looking for some advice at the moment as this week I have heard that a new law has come out were if the fathers name isn't on his babies birth certificate the mother of forced todo so and if the mother fails she can be fined £200 My baby was born in 2014 can I still try and get this sorted if so who do I contact
Ant - 18-Apr-17 @ 4:49 PM
Chris93 - Your Question:
Hi there I'm just asking advice me and my ex broke up while she was pregnant to my son so she blocked me from having anything else to do with him she had him a month ago and didn't put me on birth certificate and now she finally let me see him she's stopped again and says she's been on to csa and they said I should be paying £50 plus fees and expenses a week which I feel is unfair cause the government site calculations where £37 per week and she is refusing further contact till I pay and says she will put my name on birth certificate when I prove to her I'm good enough which I think is unfair so I told her I'm putting money In an account what I should be paying until she puts me on birth certificate and she's refusing to go through solicitors which have already sent her 2 letters through them I paid for everything he has but I just want to do it the right way but she won't which I'm frightened if I go through that route I won't see him for months I need advice do I fold to her demands or do I go through it the proper way in court. And thanks for any advice cause I'm lost on what to do seems though fathers rights mean nothing

Our Response:
Child maintenance and contact are not related and payment disputes should not be used by a mother to prevent a child from seeing his/her father. Check with the CMS yourself to see if they've calculated correctly. If you can't agree on an amount the CMS can arrange it for you but this will incur charges. Mediation is your best option at this stage - to try and make agreements about both finance and child contact arrangements. If she refuses to attend a mediation session, apply to the courts.
LawAndParents - 18-Apr-17 @ 11:41 AM
Hi there I'm just asking advice me and my ex broke up while she was pregnant to my son so she blocked me from having anything else to do with him she had him a month ago and didn't put me on birth certificate and now she finally let me see him she's stopped again and says she's been on to csa and they said I should be paying £50 plus fees and expenses a week which I feel is unfair cause the government site calculations where £37 per week and she is refusing further contact till I pay and says she will put my name on birth certificate when I prove to her I'm good enough which I think is unfair so I told her I'm putting money In an account what I should be paying until she puts me on birth certificate and she's refusing to go through solicitors which have already sent her 2 letters through them I paid for everything he has but I just want to do it the right way but she won't which I'm frightened if I go through that route I won't see him for months I need advice do I fold to her demands or do I go through it the proper way in court . And thanks for any advice cause I'm lost on what to do seems though fathers rights mean nothing
Chris93 - 15-Apr-17 @ 5:34 PM
Hi, I am married but separated with my husband and having a baby in august with a new partner. Will I still be able to register my child with his fathers name on it while being married?
Meg - 14-Apr-17 @ 1:36 PM
Can a guy find out if his name has been placed on a birth certificate?, as not in contact with the mother anymore. How easy is this to do?
kezzaaa - 13-Apr-17 @ 11:47 PM
Purpleseven - Your Question:
I wanted to know if I could put my married name on my daughters birth certificate as it has my maiden name as I was married before she was even conceived thanks in advance

Our Response:
Yes you can email the General Register Officer at: corrections.re-reg@gro.gsi.gov.uk
LawAndParents - 11-Apr-17 @ 2:38 PM
I wanted to know if I could put my married name on my daughters birth certificate as it has my maiden name as I was marriedbefore she was even conceived thanks in advance
Purpleseven - 10-Apr-17 @ 6:40 AM
buddy - Your Question:
Hi, am a married guy but am having problems with my husband,he is seeing another guy and am seeing a lady who had a baby for me few weeks ago, is it legal to add my name on the childs birth certificate with out my other husband finding out.

Our Response:
Unfortunately it's difficult to prevent anyone seeing a birth certificate if they want to.
LawAndParents - 3-Apr-17 @ 10:38 AM
hi, am a married guy but am having problems with my husband,he is seeing another guy and am seeing a lady who had a baby for me few weeks ago, is it legal to add my name on the childs birth certificate with out my other husband finding out.
buddy - 31-Mar-17 @ 1:19 AM
Can my name be used or placed on a birth certificate as the father of a child without my consent or knowledge and how would l go about having it legally removed
M on key - 30-Mar-17 @ 12:33 AM
Meme - Your Question:
My husband and I haven't agreed on our baby name yet. He is being really funny and wouldn't let me have a part in choosing a name. I feel so nervous as he shared this with all the family and all the names he chose are backdated to me. Does he have the right to choose the name and register it without my consent. Thanks

Our Response:
He can do this but you should challenge this as it's no way for a spouse to behave. Speak to your health visitor and midwife to get some support and advice on this.
LawAndParents - 29-Mar-17 @ 2:24 PM
Dave - Your Question:
My ex got pregnant and we split up. She got back with her ex when she was pregnant. Baby born she refused me access and wouldnt put my name on birth certificate. Left it blank. I asked for dna and have been told she swabbed her own mouth instead of babies so get negative results.At 9 months she put her new partners name on birth certificate as he paid her, has money job etc. And changed babies last name to her boyfriends name.I have missed out on 2 years of my childs life. Who do I report her to and get my name on certificate instead of her boyfriends

Our Response:
You will need to apply for a court order. They may listen to all the evidence you have and then order a DNA test. If this proves positive then they can order that a your name is placed on the birth certificate.
LawAndParents - 29-Mar-17 @ 11:47 AM
My husband and I haven't agreed on our baby name yet . He is being really funny and wouldn't let me have a part in choosing a name . I feel so nervous as he shared this with all the family and all the names he chose are backdated to me. Does he have the right to choose the name and register it without my consent . Thanks
Meme - 28-Mar-17 @ 7:38 AM
My ex got pregnant and we split up.She got back with her ex when she was pregnant. Baby born she refused me access and wouldnt put my name on birth certificate. Left it blank. I asked for dna and have been told she swabbed her own mouth instead of babies so get negative results. At 9 months she put her new partners name on birth certificate as he paid her, has money job etc. And changed babies last name to her boyfriends name. I have missed out on 2 years of my childs life.Who do i report her to and get my name on certificate instead of her boyfriends
Dave - 27-Mar-17 @ 4:25 PM
confusedftm - Your Question:
My husband and I separated last year and I am now expecting a baby by someone else. I haven't yet got divorced as I cant file as weve not been separated 2 years and hes too lazy to do it even though he could on account of my adultry (although we were already separated when I started dating it still counts apparently) My friend has scared me a bit by saying if I dont get divorced my husband might be able to claim rights to my child even though hes not the father. Is that right? It seems like it would be rediculous especially as the actual father is very involved.

Our Response:
No this isn't the case. You would be able to prove that he wasn't the biological father if necessary.
LawAndParents - 22-Mar-17 @ 2:43 PM
I know what i did was wrong but please dont judge me. I had a manager at work who flirted with me a lot. She was married but said she was unhappy and the relationship had broken down and they slept in different rooms. On a work night out she text me and invited me to her hotel room. I went and we had sex and then started seeing each other immediately. She introduced me to her son and things were great she left her husband and we moved into her parents house. She found out she was pregnant and the dates mean the baby is mine. weeks after this she started being funny with me and one day she went to work and had her parents throw me out the house. She is now back with her husband and they are going to raise the baby as there own and she will put him on the birth certificate. she says i should walk away as she will never let me have any part in the babies life. What are my rights and what can i do??
Alex A - 20-Mar-17 @ 10:07 PM
My husband and I separated last year and I am now expecting a baby by someone else. I haven't yet got divorced as I cant file as weve not been separated 2 years and hes too lazy to do it even though he could on account of my adultry (although we were already separated when I started dating it still counts apparently) My friend has scared me a bit by saying if I dont get divorced my husband might be able to claim rights to my child even though hes not the father. Is that right? It seems like it would be rediculous especially as the actual father is very involved.
confusedftm - 20-Mar-17 @ 1:02 PM
Nan - Your Question:
My son who is 17 and his 15 year old girlfriend have just had a baby. Her family are pushing him out. Can she register baby and not put him on birth certificate.

Our Response:
She can, but a natural father can apply to the courts to have his name added to the birth certificate under a statutory declaration of parentage (a DNA test is usually ordered). If he makes his girlfriend aware of this she may consent to his name on the birth certificate from the outset. It is illegal to have sex with anyone under 16 so he will need to act carefully.
LawAndParents - 20-Mar-17 @ 11:28 AM
My son who is 17 and his 15 year old girlfriend have just had a baby. Her family are pushing him out. Can she register baby and not put him on birth certificate.
Nan - 17-Mar-17 @ 8:55 AM
I have a question regarding my twins and my ex wife. I was married in 2003 in las vegas, my ex wife fell pregnant whilst on our honeymoon in march 2003, my twins were born in november. Just prior to them being born i left the relationship due to her violence and mental problems. When she registered our children in the registry office she failed to put me on the birth certificate.. But obviously we were married. I'm curious to know after all this time, after being told for 13 years that i have no rights as i'm not on the birth certificate, has she done anything illegal? As we were married, surely she should have declared she was? Seems to me she has lied and left me off the documents, thus not giving me any rights? Confused! Please help. Thanks
Jamie - 7-Mar-17 @ 12:09 AM
Hi I have a son who is 13months old WE were due to go and register him on a Monday,his mother decided of her own back to do this whilst I was at work and when I got home she told me she had registered our son , her reason being that we had not been getting along so well and she didn't want me to have any Parentel rights , we have been On and off for a while never any violence , she has told me I can have my name on the birth certificate when he is almost 16 this is killing me inside , also she has stated that if she meets someone and gets married my son will be given her new partners name . She knew who the father was so she has lied to the registrar stating that she didn't k ow the father where do I stand legally and what can I do to get my name on the certificate ?
DSG - 6-Mar-17 @ 9:11 PM
andy - Your Question:
Hi all,I am really worried I have bee seeing my partner for nearly a year now and she is having are baby of 16 weeks, she is still married to her ex so has is surname. she is going through a bad time and is confused on what she want in life and may want to be back with her ex, really bad time for me. we are now not to together, but are still really close. I am worried when the baby is born and we will sign the birth certificate. the baby will have her surname which is his, I really want my surname on the BC as I want to be a part f my baby life, it really worries me. can anybody help and give me some advice please

Our Response:
If the mother refuses to allow you to have your name included on the birth certificate, you can still apply to the courts to have it added. They will order a paternity test to confirm you are the natural father and will then order a re-register of the birth with your name included as the father.
LawAndParents - 24-Feb-17 @ 10:43 AM
Anthony - Your Question:
I want to get my name on my son's birth certificate he is over 1 years old what I'd the best way to do get this done

Our Response:
Asking the mother is the simplest way to do this. If she refuses, then you may need to apply to the courts.
LawAndParents - 22-Feb-17 @ 12:59 PM
Lily - Your Question:
I left my husband when I was 3 months pregnant as he physically attacked me. He was charged with common assault. I do not wish him to be involved in our child's life conceived through IVF as I he presents high risks to me and the child.Please advise me if I have to put his name on the child's birth certificate? We are still legally married but we have separated.

Our Response:
It's your choice, but he can insist that his name is included (if necessary via the courts).
LawAndParents - 22-Feb-17 @ 12:55 PM
hi all, I am really worried I have bee seeing my partner for nearly a year now and she is having are baby of 16 weeks, she is still married to her ex so has is surname. she is going through a bad time and is confused on what she want in life and may want to be back with her ex, really bad time for me. we are now not to together, but are still really close. I am worried when the baby is born and we will sign the birth certificate. the baby will have her surname which is his, I really want my surname on the BC as I want to be a part f my baby life, it really worries me. can anybody help and give me some advice please
andy - 21-Feb-17 @ 1:57 PM
I want to get my name on my son's birth certificate he is over 1 years old what I'd the best way to do get this done
Anthony - 20-Feb-17 @ 1:31 AM
I left my husband when I was 3 months pregnant as he physically attacked me. He was charged with common assault. Ido not wish him to be involved in our child's life conceived through IVF as I he presents high risks to me and the child. Please advise me ifI have to put his name on the child's birth certificate? We are still legally married but we have separated.
Lily - 19-Feb-17 @ 11:08 PM
Kyte - Your Question:
Can a mother give her child the surname of its father without his permission and consent and without him being present at the registration?

Our Response:
She can give the child whateve surname she chooses. However, she cannot put the father's name as the biological father on the birth certificate unless he consents to it.
LawAndParents - 16-Feb-17 @ 12:41 PM
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