Paternity is the legal identification of the father of a child. Once paternity is established, the acknowledged father will gain legal rights to his child, as well as responsibilities for supporting the child.
If a mother is not married at the time a child is born, and has not been married at any time between conception and the birth of the child, no father will be named on the birth certificate unless both parents complete an Acknowledgement of Paternity form, or unless ordered by a court of competent jurisdiction. Click here for more information.
Source: CT Department of Public Health