When a child is born, it is obvious who the mother is because she gives birth. The father, however, could be unknown, depending on the sexual partners that the mother had around the time of conception.
If a single woman is raising a child and a man claims to be the father, he must prove it before anything can be official. Both biological parents must sign the correct forms to make the fatherhood legal. If, when the child is born, the biological parents are not available to sign the forms, the woman’s husband, if available, usually signs the Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity form and a Denial of Paternity form is also completed.
If the biological father is missing, there are many forms to complete to fill the void of a father for the child. Depending on the relationship of the parents, different forms, identification and fees are required for this process.