The statutory declaration you have to provide to BDM is a letter written by you explaining why your child's father isn't on the cert, the lengths you have gone to to contact him, and then signed by a Justice of the Peace
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15-03-2013 18:40 #11
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15-03-2013 19:06 #12
15-03-2013 19:38 #13
I never put fob on DS birth cert. I just sent it in with 'not known' in the fathers section and the birth cert was sent out a few weeks later with the fathers details blank.
For the centrelink side of things, i had about a minute long phone interview with a social worker. She granted me the exemption on claiming child support and that was it.
I think it's a lot harder these days. As others have said they make you sign stat decs and take 'reasonable' steps to track down fobs for birth cert and child support.
15-03-2013 20:14 #14
It really depends on whether you want him on the birth certificate or not.
If not, then simply tick 'father unknown' as PP said. If questioned, say it was a one-night stand.
If you do want him listed, or want to claim child support, then yes it will be a PITA getting stat decs etc
15-03-2013 20:20 #15
If you have him on the birth certificate, and if you will be claiming a sole parenting payment you may be required to pursue child support from him (but csa could track him down for that). But that rule my have changed.
*sorry, bowing out of the sole parents section now*
15-03-2013 20:25 #16
Hmm okay. I don't particularly want him on the birth cert or to get child support from him because he's ditched us and has gone to lengths to remove all communication from me. The stat dec sounds scary but I think anything legal scares me
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Since he has gone to that much effort to disappear I would leave it alone if I was in that situation. Just tell the registry it was a fling and you didn't get his details. Better for you and your child in the short term and if he ever changes his mind he isn't listed on the certificate so it would be harder for him to just come back and stake his claim iykwim
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16-03-2013 14:56 #20
The issue of saying you don't know who it is and him reappearing one day/the truth coming out is you could be done for fraud.
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