Can a mother refuse to acknowledge any father for her child?
At the hospital, both parents may complete and sign the Affidavit to establish paternity for a child born to an unmarried mother. If both parents do not sign the Affidavit, the father's name will not go on the birth certificate and the child has no legal father at that time. Since the Affidavit must be signed by both biological parents, if either one chooses not to, paternity cannot be established by this method. However, the parents may choose to establish paternity at a later time.