Who can register?
For opposite-sex or same-sex female couples
This depends on whether or not both parents are married/in a civil partnership when the baby was born.
If the parents were married or in a civil partnership, either parent can register the birth and can include both parents' details in the registration.
If the parents weren't married or in a civil partnership, the child's mother needs to register the birth. The father or second female parent's details won't be registered (and won't appear on any birth certificate) unless the second parent:
- goes along to the appointment with the mother or,
- signs a Statutory declaration of parentage form which the mother needs to take with her to the appointment
For same-sex male couples
Male couples must get a parental order from the court before they can be registered as parents.
If the 42 day period has been missed, if neither the mother or second parent to which the mother is married/in a civil partnership to are able to register the birth, or if you have any other questions to ask, please contact the register office for advice.