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In my state, if a man makes it on to the birth certificate, he is the legal father (because he's either the husband or he and the mom signed a voluntary paternity acknowledgement) and it's a very hard thing to undo, and will only be undone in situations where the harm to the child is minimal (think: the baby is still very young and won't remember, or the guy on the BC split and the child has never had a relationship with him, or a stepfather wishes to adopt and the BC father is unfit or wishes to relinquish his rights, etc.).
It depends on the laws in your state. In my state, in order for a man to get on the BC if the couple is unmarried, both parties have to sign a "Recognition of Parentage" form. DH did it in the hospital for DS because we were not married at the time of his birth. My understanding is that once this form is signed, it is pretty hard to undo. Unless another man steps up and fights for custody, if you signed the form, you are the father. And responsible for support, entitled to custody.
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