Due to certain circumstances the birth certificate of a child may not reflect the names of the parents of that child. In a good number of cases, the law provides a remedy to those who require a change in the birth certificate.
The birth certificate may read Father Unknown when the name of the father of the child is known. Similarly, the name of a wrong man may be listed as the father of the child on the birth certificate.
Albeit rare, there are cases where the mother of a child is unknown. A mother could have given birth in secret and left the child in the hands of third parties. Another instance when the mother of a child is put into question is when a child is conceived by the technique of in-vitro fertilization.
There are hardly any court cases concerning the status of the mother.
All evidence which demonstrates that a change in the birth certificate of a child is required is admissible in court. DNA tests have become accessible and affordable. The results of DNA tests can offer rock-solid evidence that the biological parent is not that named in the birth certificate. There are a few situations where the Law Courts, in the face of DNA showing that the biological father is not the one named in the child’s birth certificate, still refuses to order a change in the name of the parent. There are circumstances provided in the law, wherein the Courts are disallowed from ordering a change in the birth certificate.