When biological parents marry/enter into a civil union after a child is born, a legitimation process must be completed.
The following forms, Affidavit by Biological Mother and Affidavit by Biological Father will need to be submitted along with a certified copy of the marriage/civil union record or license. Instructions for how to complete the forms can be found here. If there is a man listed on the birth certificate to whom the mother/co-parent was married/in a civil union, a certified copy of their divorce/dissolution decree is required. The divorce/dissolution decree must specifically mention the child by name and indicate that the man listed on the birth certificate is not the father/co-parent. If the divorce/dissolution decree does not mention the child, then a court order of paternity is required. If there is a man listed on the birth certificate to whom the mother/co-parent was not married/in a civil union, a court order of paternity also is required. Contact your local court system for further details.
In cases where the biological parent(s) is deceased, further documentation is needed:
Certified copies of the marriage/civil union record or license and affidavits will not be returned upon completion of the legitimation process.