Bill Text: MS SB2363 | 2012 | Regular Session | Enrolled


Bill Title: Voluntary acknowledgement of paternity; clarify one-year rescission period.

Status: (Enrolled - Dead) 2012-04-11 - Enrolled Bill Signed [SB2363 Detail]

Download: Mississippi-2012-SB2363-Enrolled.html

MISSISSIPPI LEGISLATURE

2012 Regular Session

To: Public Health and Welfare; Judiciary, Division A

By: Senator(s) Burton, Jackson (11th)

Senate Bill 2363

(As Sent to Governor)

AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 41-57-23, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO CLARIFY THE ONE-YEAR RESCISSION PERIOD FOR THE VOLUNTARY ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF PATERNITY; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.

     BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:

     SECTION 1.  Section 41-57-23, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:

     41-57-23.  (1)  Any petition, bill of complaint or other proceeding filed in the chancery court to:  (a) change the date of birth by two (2) or more days, (b) change the surname of a child, (c) change the surname of either or both parents, (d) change the birthplace of the child because of an error or omission of such information as originally recorded or (e) make any changes or additions to a birth certificate resulting from a legitimation, filiation or any changes not specifically authorized elsewhere by statute, shall be filed in the county of residence of the petitioner or filed in any chancery court district of the state if the petitioner be a nonresident petitioner.  In all such proceedings, the State Board of Health shall be made a respondent therein, and a certified copy of the petition, bill of complaint or other proceeding shall be forwarded to the State Board of Health.  Process may be served upon the State Registrar of Vital Records.  The State Board of Health shall file an answer to all such proceedings within the time as provided by general law.  The provisions of this section shall not apply to adoption proceedings.  Upon receipt of a certified copy of a decree, which authorizes and directs the State Board of Health to alter the certificate, it shall comply with all of the provisions of such decree.

     (2)  If a child is born to a mother who was not married at the time of conception or birth, or at any time between conception and birth, and the natural father acknowledges paternity, the name of the father shall be added to the birth certificate if a notarized affidavit by both parents acknowledging paternity is received on the form prescribed or as provided in Section 93-9-9.  The surname of the child shall be that of the father except that an affidavit filed at birth by both listed mother and father may alter this rule.  In the event the mother was married at the time of conception or birth, or at any time between conception and birth, or if a father is already listed on the birth certificate, action must be taken under Section 41-57-23(1) to add or change the name of the father.

     (3)  (a)  A signed voluntary acknowledgment of paternity is subject to the right of any signatory to rescind the acknowledgment within the earlier of:

              (i)  One (1) year; or

              (ii)  The date of a judicial proceeding relating to the child, including a proceeding to establish a support order, in which the signatory is a party.

          (b)  After the expiration of the one-year period specified in subsection (3)(a)(i) of this section, a signed voluntary acknowledgment of paternity may be challenged in court only on the basis of fraud, duress, or material mistake of fact, with the burden of proof upon the challenger; the legal responsibilities, including child support obligations, of any signatory arising from the acknowledgment may not be suspended during the pendency of the challenge, except for good cause shown.

     SECTION 2.  This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.


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