Paternity

Paternity is the legally-established relationship between a father and his child.

Benefits of Establishing Paternity

  • Fostering a working relationship between the child's parents
  • A child will have access to his father's Social Security payments, pension(s), retirement, life insurance, or disability benefits, etc.
  • The father’s health history will be available

Establishing Paternity

Paternity can be established by:

  1. A man affirms he is the father of a child by signing an Acknowledgement of  Paternity form. This form needs to be signed by both the father and the mother and submitted to the Bureau of Vital Statistics. Once this form has been submitted to the Bureau of Vital Statistics and appropriate fees have been paid, the father's name will be added to the child(ren)'s birth certificate.   This form can be obtained from the Bureau of Vital Statistics or at the birthing hospital.
  2. A man affirms he is the father of a child by signing an Admission of Paternity and other appropriate paperwork at the Denver County Child Support Office. The legal documents are then filed with the court along with a Report of Paternity Determination form. Denver Child Support will certify the Report of Paternity Determination form and forward it to the Bureau of Vital Statistics to add the father's name to the child's birth certificate.  Fees are charged for a copy of this changed birth certificate. 
  3. A man denies, or is not sure if, he is the father of a child, genetic testing is requested. Once genetic testing is completed and a positive result is received, the father can admit he is the father of the child or paternity can be determined administratively or by the court.

If paternity is adjudicated, a Report of Paternity Determination form is completed by the Child Support Office and submitted to the Court.  The Child Support Office will certify the Report of Paternity Determination form and forward it on to the Bureau of Vital Statistics to add the father's name to the child's birth certificate. Fees are charged for a copy of this changed birth certificate.

Useful Phone Numbers

Child Abuse Hotline
720-944-3000
 
Adult Protection Hotline
720-944-2994 
 
DHS Customer Service
720-944-3666

Colorado Relay/TDD
711

Child Support Services
720-944-2960

Foster Care
720-944-4000

GIVE Denver
720-944-GIVE (4483)

Denver City & County Information
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