Alaska Statutes Sec. 18.50.165 - Acknowledgement of Paternity; Forms

(a) The state registrar shall prepare a form for use in acknowledging paternity under AS 25.20.055 . The form must comply with the minimum requirements of 42 U.S.C. 652(a)(7). The form must include

(1) a statement that the man who signs the form is acknowledging that the man is the natural father of the child named in the form and that the man assumes the parental duty of support of that child;

(2) the address and social security number of both parents of the child named in the form;

(3) signature lines for both parents;

(4) a signature line for either a witness or notary public; and

(5) a statement that

(A) sets out the legal consequences to and the rights and responsibilities of the mother and the man acknowledging paternity of signing the form, including

(i) if one of the parents is a minor, any rights given due to minority status;

(ii) legal alternatives to signing the form; and

(iii) the legal responsibility that arises from signing the form;

(B) the mother and the man acknowledging paternity have been notified that, unless fraud, duress, or material mistake of fact is shown in accordance with AS 25.20.050 , the acknowledgment may only be rescinded by the earlier of the following dates:

(i) 60 days after the date of the person's signature; or

(ii) the date of initiation of an administrative or judicial procedure to establish support of the child in which the person is a party; and

(C) the mother and the man acknowledging paternity have read and understand the contents of the form.

(b) The registrar shall distribute copies of the form prepared under (a) of this section to each hospital in the state, to each physician in the state whose practice includes attendance at births, to each nurse-midwife and direct-entry midwife in the state, and to each other interested person in the state who requests copies of the form.

(c) [Repealed, Sec. 148 ch 87 SLA 1997].

(d) The state registrar shall keep on file all forms acknowledging paternity that are submitted to the registrar under AS 25.20.055.

(e) An acknowledgment of paternity that met the requirements of state law at the time that the acknowledgment was made in this state is not ineffective due to changes in the form for acknowledgment occurring after the date that the acknowledgment was made.

(f) An acknowledgment of paternity affidavit or form executed in another state meeting that state's legal requirements shall be considered in this state as if the affidavit or form was executed in compliance with this section.

(g) The registrar shall offer voluntary acknowledgment of paternity services by making available technical assistance about the form described in this section. Upon request, the registrar shall provide oral assistance to parents wishing to complete the form.

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