A Recognition of Parentage (“ROP”) is a document signed by non-married parents of a child. Often, this form is signed at the hospital after the birth of the child, and it is then filed with the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Vital Records.
A ROP establishes a legal relationship between a child and the father, and it is an informal process that does not involve going to court. Moreover, it allows the father’s name to be on the birth certificate and it creates certain legal rights and responsibilities for the father, mother, and child.
A ROP can be filled out and signed at any time; however, it is only valid when it is filed with the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Vital Records. You do not need an attorney, but it is a good idea to talk to one before you sign to make sure you understand how it will affect your rights.
Call Attorney Andrew Moeller, for a free consultation on how ROPs affect your rights. Mr. Moeller may be reached at 507-625-2525 or via email.