Saturday 17 February 2018

Father’s name will have to appear on birth cert

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton
Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton

Fionnan Sheahan Political Editor

THE father’s name will have to appear on birth certs, when the child is born outside of marriage, under new laws.

The legislation will also clamp down on so-called “sham marriages”, by allowing the authorities to stop marriage ceremonies.

The new law will ensure the compulsory registration of the father’s name on birth certificates.

The move is intended to give a child the right to know their parents.

The change is targeting the current position where, in cases where the parents are not married, a father is not required to give information on the registration of the birth, nor is the mother required to supply the father’s details.

The amendment would make the provision of such information compulsory other than in exceptional circumstances.

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton’s new bill, the Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill 2013, will also make marriages of convenience, or so-called “sham marriages”, more difficult.

Under the current law, it is not possible to prevent a marriage taking place, even where it is suspected to be a marriage of convenience.

Marriages of convenience are defined as marriages which are entered into for the purpose of one of the parties gaining an automatic right of residency based on marriage to a person who already has a right of residency.

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