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Dead father 'not allowed' on baby's birth certificate

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Media captionPregnant woman fights to prove dead partner is baby's dad

A pregnant woman who lost her partner to an undiagnosed heart defect says she will fight to have his name added to their son's birth certificate.

Because they were not married, Charlotte Badon, from the Isle of Man, was told she must prove her late partner Adrian was the baby's father.

Miss Badon, 32, described the situation as "insulting" and an "absolute hell".

Without a court order, the Manx Registrar said it would not be possible to register the father's details.

Her baby is due on 11 January.

Since her boyfriend's death, Ms Badon has changed her surname by deed poll from Watterson to Badon in his memory.

On the Registrar's website it states anyone in this "unfortunate situation" should see legal advice.

Image copyright Charlotte Badon
Image caption Charlotte Badon will have to rely on DNA tests from her partner's mother and sister in Leeds

Ms Badon was pregnant in June when she found her 27-year-old partner, who was originally from Leeds, dead at the home they shared in the Isle of Man.

She said a DNA test was now her only option.

"He was so excited," she said of her partner's reaction to finding out he was going to become a father. "He had told most of his family and friends.

"It is heart breaking that he didn't know it was going to be a boy!

The law states that unmarried parents need to sign the birth register together or get a court order proving paternity.

She continued: "It is 2014 and not everyone gets married - I know who the dad is and I feel insulted I have to get this test - it is absolute hell.

"He is not here any more so I have to rely of his family's samples which means there is a one-in-five chance it will not work."

The social care worker from Ballasalla became aware of the current legal situation after reading about women experiencing the same thing in the UK.

"I phoned the Registrar immediately and they said it is the same here," she said.

Image copyright Charlotte Badon
Image caption Charlotte said her partner Adrian was excited about the prospect of becoming a father

Unmarried mothers have just 48 days to prove the father's identify after giving birth.

"I am panicking - I will be highly stressed here and his mum and sister are in Leeds.

"If it fails there is nothing else I can do - I can't magically produce a sample from Adrian.

"I know how hard it will be to grow up without a dad so to have 'unknown' on the birth certificate would be a major insult.

"At least I have a chance with family - some people would have no chance and I will fight to see it changed."

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