“VAP”; You will probably hear this legalese around courtrooms handling paternity cases. But, what is it? A Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity, commonly referred to as a VAP, is a document much like a birth certificate that acknowledges who the biological father of a child is. Even though a birth certificate seems like a very official document to you and me, in the cases of unwed parents, the birth certificate is not enough.
Where the parents of a child are not married when the child is born, a man can be deemed the father in the following ways:
If even a Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity is signed, fathers still face obstacles in securing parenting rights such as making parental decisions and exercising parenting time with the child.