Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (VAP)
If you are present with the biological mother at the hospital when a child is born, and the two of you are not married, you will generally be given the option of signing a VAP. You may also request to sign a VAP for a child contacting the Department of Family Services (HFS), but only if the child does not already have two legal parents.
If a signed VAP is approved, the name of the signee will typically be placed on the child's birth certificate.
IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SIGNING A VAP:
By signing a VAP you NO LONGER have the right to get a paternity (DNA) test for that child
A VAP can be rescinded up to 60 days after it was signed, OR 60 days after a different court case concerning the child has started, such as a child support, the allocation of parental responsibilities (child custody), or parenting time (visitation rights) case – whichever occurred first.
A VAP can be challenged up to TWO (2) YEARS after it was signed