Taking a look at the Voluntary Declaration of Paternity form

Voluntary Declaration of Paternity forms allow parents who are not married to declare that an individual is a child's biological father, according to the State of Utah. In Salt Lake City, and across the state, men voluntarily say that they want legal recognition as a child's father by signing this form. Parents who wish to move forward with this process also have to review a legal notice and view a video or recorded message, have two witnesses present when they sign the form and submit the form to the Office of Vital Records and Statistics.

If a Voluntary Declaration of Paternity form is signed when the child is born at the hospital, there is no cost. However, if a form is filled out in the first year of a child's life it will cost $18 and a $25 fee is charged when forms are filled out after for children 12 months and older. Parents do not have a deadline when filing these forms, but those who complete them at the time of a child's birth will have the name of the father on the child's original birth certificate.

When parents change their mind, they are able to rescind their Voluntary Declaration of Paternity form. However, the rescission must take place no later than 60 days after the form was filed or until the establishment of a child support order (whichever is sooner), according to the Office of Recovery Services. For parents who are dealing with the Voluntary Declaration of Paternity form, acting fast is very beneficial.

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