Family judge asks national registry to alter birth certificate

Researching Reform

An interesting family law case published on 4 February looks at “declarations of parentage” and instances where the family court make them — and invite the GeneralRegisterOffice to alter birth certificates.

This case may be of interest to adult adoptees currently campaigning for the right to alter their own birth certificates.

The case involved a woman named Ruth who discovered when she was 15 years old that her mother’s husband was not her real father. The mother, who was Jewish, had become pregnant by an Irish man who was Catholic when she was 18, but he did not want to marry her.

These developments took place from 1959 onwards, at a time when having children out of marriage was seen as taboo and single mothers were forced to give their children up for adoption. So the mother found a man willing to marry her quickly and stand in…

View original post 642 more words