Health Statistics Center
350 Capitol Street, Room 165
Charleston, WV 25301-3701
(304) 558-2931
West Virginia Health Statistics Center, Providing Statistical Information for Informed Decisions
West Virginia Health Statistics Center, Providing Statistical Information for Informed Decisions
350 Capitol Street, Room 165
Charleston, WV 25301-3701
(304) 558-2931
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Adding and Removing Fathers

There are two general ways to establish paternity (i.e. adding the father).  They are

  1. Administratively, which means through the Vital Registration office.  There are strict rules as to what situations can be handled without involving the court system.  It is usually easier, quicker and less expensive to establish paternity administratively than doing so judicially.
  2. Judicially, which means through the court system.  A Judge makes a judgment on the question of who the father is, and instructs us to either put the father on the certificate, or take him off.  

Establishing Paternity Administratively


If no father is listed on the birth certificate, Vital Registration may add a father administratively under the following situations.  Vital Registration needs to have a court order in order to remove a father already listed on the birth certificate.

IMPORTANT:  A married couple is considered legally married until either the date the divorce is finalized or until the death of the husband or wife.

Judicial Paternity Establishment


To establish paternity judicially, a court must issue a court order instructing Vital Registration who to list on the birth certificate as the father.  Typically, this will require the mother to hire an attorney, and go to court, but there are some courts that will let the the mother represent herself.  For more information, please contact the circuit court directly.


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