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    Hello all, new to the forum and have a family matters question.  I am not Dominican and do not and have not lived in the DR, however I have a daughter with a Dominican women living there.  My daughter is just over 1 year now and was born in the DR.  The mother and I do not have a romantic relationship, in fact she is looking to marry another foreigner from Europe and may move there in the coming months.

    The mother is asking me now to come to the DR for the purpose of obtaining an ID for the child.  We had not discussed this before and I'm not sure what this ID is exactly.  But the mother has mentioned a couple of different things in the last few weeks as we discussed me coming out.

    First she said that my daughter has never had this ID and that without it, she cannot go to a normal hospital, and that any time the child needs or has needed any kind of medical attention, etc, she must go to a private clinic.  She never mentioned that to me before.

    She has also said that she needs the ID to obtain a passport for my daughter, so she can leave the DR and enter Europe.  The mother and I have never really had a real relationship, mainly as she has been less than honest about various things in the past.

    In any event, I'm wondering if anyone has experience with these IDs and the requirements to obtain one.  I should note, that since the child's birth, I don't believe there is anything that links me legally as the father.  I believe the mother has said that this is part of the requirement for getting this ID.  Essentially that I need to help obtain this ID by acknowledging paternity legally, and if I do not do that she cannot get an ID.  All of that is fine, but the timing seems odd, and the idea of health access being limited was never discussed... and with the timing of her looking to take the child away and getting married, etc, makes me wonder.

    Any info would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks

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    She can get an ID without you; however, you will not show up as the father.

    Perhaps she wishes that you acknowledge the child as yours.
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    First of all, get a paternity test done.

     If the child is yours, take her and her birth certificate to the Embassy of the country where you are a citizen. Child will receive your citizenship and a passport from your country.

      I don’t understand all the hoopla about the child not getting medical attention, unless the mother is a Haitian.  Every Dominican child gets a birth certificate when they are born, but the child of a foreign (Haitian) mother is not a Dominican citizen.  




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    Coming to the D.R. might be detrimental for you personally.

    Once you are here, she can claim anything.
    Like have you arrested just by claiming you are the father to the police.

    Years ago, a Dominican friend of mine was thrown in jail because the girl claimed he was the father.
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    Thanks Fabio.  I think that is part of what she wants but I do not understand the timing as she has never asked that before.  Also, do you know anything about the access to healthcare that she is talking about?  Or about what the other reply has stated that she might be looking for something else, and that once I am there she can get me in some kind of trouble?  Thanks again.

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    Thanks for the replies.  As I've said, the mother has been less than honest on several occasions and often is obvious she is after something specific.  In this case it seems she's trying to guilt me into coming to do this legal paternity thing... but I am not fond of being manipulated.  So it seems my suspicions were correct, and that there is nothing preventing the issuance of an ID or passport (albeit not with my name) and nothing preventing her from accessing healthcare, which was quite concerning to me initially.

    Another question would be if she might obtain an updated ID or get one re-issued at a later date?  Then she could travel to Europe, get married, or whatever, and at some point in the future we could work on an updated ID with my name...

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlterEgo View Post
    First of all, get a paternity test done.

     If the child is yours, take her and her birth certificate to the Embassy of the country where you are a citizen. Child will receive your citizenship and a passport from your country.

      I don’t understand all the hoopla about the child not getting medical attention, unless the mother is a Haitian.  Every Dominican child gets a birth certificate when they are born, but the child of a foreign (Haitian) mother is not a Dominican citizen.  
    But they will still receive medical treatment

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    1. The ID must be the birth certificate. In order for the father to be named, she will need his passport number if he is a foreigner but as said nothing at all to stop her registering the child only in her name. Happens all the time. The registration should be done within 3 months of the birth (now many hospitals do it in the hospital to save going to the Civil Registry) but nothing to stop it being registered afterwards.
    2. Medical treatment is free for all - foreigner, Dominican, Haitian, legal or illegal, at public hospitals.
    3. The mother will need a birth certificate for the child to receive a passport - but as said she can declare the child without you or your name.

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    If your name is not on the child's birth certificate (assuming the birth was declared) than she can do everything she needs to do on her own. If your name is on there, then she probably needs your signature for the passport (which I assume is what she's referring to as ID as cedulas are issued when the child reaches 16 years of age) as well as your authorization to travel without you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matilda View Post
    1. The ID must be the birth certificate. In order for the father to be named, she will need his passport number if he is a foreigner but as said nothing at all to stop her registering the child only in her name. Happens all the time. The registration should be done within 3 months of the birth (now many hospitals do it in the hospital to save going to the Civil Registry) but nothing to stop it being registered afterwards.
    2. Medical treatment is free for all - foreigner, Dominican, Haitian, legal or illegal, at public hospitals.
    3. The mother will need a birth certificate for the child to receive a passport - but as said she can declare the child without you or your name.

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    Thanks Matilda, exact info I needed.  Just not sure of her motivations at this point or why she would lie about all of that... and a little worried about what she might do when I show up in the DR

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