Oregon Statutes - Chapter 432 - Vital Statistics - Section 432.287 - Voluntary acknowledgment of paternity form; rules; filing; when form is sworn document; copy to child support agency.

(1) The Director of Human Services shall adopt by rule a form of a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity that includes the minimum requirements specified by the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services. When the form is signed by both biological parents and witnessed by a third party, the form establishes paternity for all purposes when filed with the State Registrar of the Center for Health Statistics, provided there is no male parent already named on the birth certificate. Establishment of paternity under this section is subject to the provisions and the requirements in ORS 109.070. When there is no other male named as father on the child’s birth certificate, the filing of such voluntary acknowledgment of paternity form shall cause the state registrar to place the name of the male parent who has signed the voluntary acknowledgment of paternity form on the birth certificate of the child or, if appropriate, issue a new birth certificate containing the name of the child’s male parent, as that parent is named in the voluntary acknowledgment of paternity form. When signed by both parents in the health care facility of the child’s birth within five days after the birth, the voluntary acknowledgment of paternity form is not a sworn document. When thus signed, a staff member of the health care facility shall witness the signatures of the parents. In all other circumstances, the form is a sworn document. The filing of the voluntary acknowledgment of paternity form created by this section is subject to the payment of any fees that may apply.

(2) The voluntary acknowledgment of paternity form must contain:

(a) A statement of rights and responsibilities including any rights afforded to a minor parent;

(b) A statement of the alternatives to and consequences of signing the acknowledgment;

(c) Instructions on how to file the form with the state registrar and information about any fee required;

(d) Lines for the Social Security numbers and addresses of the parents; and

(e) A statement that the rights, responsibilities, alternatives and consequences listed on the acknowledgment were read to the parties prior to signing the acknowledgment.

(3) Upon request, the state registrar shall provide a copy of any voluntary acknowledgment of paternity form to the state agency responsible for administration of the child support enforcement program created under Title IV-D of the Social Security Act. The duty imposed upon the state registrar by this section is limited to birth certificates executed and filed with the state registrar after October 1, 1995. [1995 c.514 §4; 1997 c.783 §27; 1999 c.80 §21]

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