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CHILD'S BIRTH CERT DOES NOT HAVE FATHER'S NAME. CAN I ADOPT THE CHILD WITHOUT THE FATHER'S CONSENT?

You wish to adopt a child. The child's Birth Certificate does not show the natural father's name. In the spaces for the natural father's name, NRIC number, race, everything, there are only dashes ("-").
The question is whether you can apply to Court to adopt the child without the natural father's Consent.
The answer is:

  • It depends.
First of all, even though the child's Birth Certificate does not show any of the natural father's details, the Judge is not foolish and the Judge knows that every child has a father.
Second, the Judge is required by Singapore law to insist on seeing the natural father's signed consent unless certain exceptions apply. If none of these exceptions apply, the Judge cannot grant the adoption without the natural father's consent.

Third, the exceptions include situations where

  • the natural father has abandoned, neglected, persistently ill-treated the child or cannot be found and reasonable notice of the application for adoption has been given to him where he can be found;
  • the natural father is unfit due to any physical or mental incapacity to have the care and control of the child, the unfitness is likely to continue indefinitely and reasonable notice of the application for an adoption order has been given to him; or
  • in all the circumstances of the case, the natural father's consent ought to be dispensed with (that is, done away with).
If the natural father cannot be found in order for his consent to be obtained, we can apply to court to dispense with (do away with) the his consent. This will usually require a detailed affidavit (sworn statement) from you explaining why the natural father cannot be found even though you have put in your very best efforts. We can help you prepare this affidavit.
For assistance, call Lam & Co. now at 6535 1800.

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