I am so adamant because I HAVE taken the court order to Office of Vital Records and they will NOT add my name without a Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity (which mother refuses to sign simply because she can refuse) or a court order stating that a judge orders my name on to the birth certificate. Therefore, I ask again, do I go to the California courts or Arizona courts.
My guess you were told it by an old fat lady who was working there under the program for employment of mentally handicapped persons.
There are several ways a paternity to be established and the father's name to appear on the child's birth certificate in Arizona.
Some of them are: Presumption,voluntary establishment through the court, establishment by the court after filing a legal action (court case), establishment through the state Department of Economic Security (DES) and establishment by automatic operation of law through the state Department of Health Services.
Format Document (http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/36/00334.htm&Title=36&DocType=ARS)
36-334. Determining maternity and paternity for birth certificates
A. A person completing a birth certificate shall state the name of the woman who gave birth to the child on the birth certificate as the child's mother unless otherwise provided by law or court order.
B. The state registrar shall not refuse to register a birth certificate because the birth certificate does not include the name of the father.
C. If a father's name is stated on a birth certificate, the father's name shall be stated on a birth certificate as follows:
1. Except as provided in section 25-814, if the mother is married at the time of birth or was married at any time in the ten months before the birth, the name of the mother's husband.
2. If a mother and father who are not married to each other at the time of birth and were not married to each other in the ten months before the birth voluntarily acknowledge paternity pursuant to section 25-812, the name of the father acknowledging paternity.
3. If the state registrar receives an administrative order or a court order establishing paternity, the father's name in the order.
D. If the acknowledgement of paternity is rescinded pursuant to section 25-812, the state registrar shall remove the father's name from the registered birth certificate.