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Dad Refused To Sign Son's Birth Certificate After Girlfriend Picks Ex's Name

Dad Refused To Sign Son's Birth Certificate After Girlfriend Picks Ex's Name

Prepare to be boggled by what is possibly the most mind-blowing relationship story you will read all week.

One man has reportedly refused to sign the birth certificate of his newborn son, after his girlfriend chose to name the tot after her ex.

The man, who has not been named, wrote about his conundrum on the Reddit board r/Relationship_Advice.

The man didn't think the pair were ready for a baby (Credit: Unsplash)
The man didn't think the pair were ready for a baby (Credit: Unsplash)
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The lengthy post saw the man explain he had been dating his girlfriend for four years, and the baby news had come as a bit of a shock as his partner has told him she was on the pill.

Explaining a bit of the backstory, he continued: "[My girlfriend] dated a guy for about eight years and he was her first BF, the story is that they drifted apart and he ended it but she was still in love with him.

"We met a few months later and were friends before we started dating. I got the impression that she was never really over him at the start of the relationship, but it seemed she moved on after the years and went he moved back to our city two years ago she didn't seem the phased. We met him twice and there didn't seem to be anything weird going on so I assumed she was completely over him."

The couple are now at loggerheads (Credit: Pexels)
The couple are now at loggerheads (Credit: Pexels)
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While the poster in question didn't believe they were ready for a baby, his girlfriend was adamant and together, they chose a name they thought would suit their youngster two months in advance.

However, things quickly soured after the birth when the man went to sign the birth certificate - and found a nasty surprise.

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"The baby isn't called the name we agreed upon but the same name as her ex," he wrote. "Not just the same name, but the same middle name as well and then our surnames (after we agreed we'd use both our surnames and forgo the use of a middle name).

"I couldn't blow my top of course as she's still recuperating at home plus there's this whole worldwide mess going on so I should be happy all three of us are back home and safe. I did however ask her about it, she said that it was just a spur of a moment thing or she'll fob me off by saying she's too exhausted to talk about it."

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The man is now uncertain about his child's paternity (Credit: Pexels)
The man is now uncertain about his child's paternity (Credit: Pexels)
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He added: "She's been fobbing me off for a few days now so in the end I told her, calmly, that I'm not signing the birth certificate until we change the name back to what we agreed. This caused a bit of a row with her and she's now refusing to talk to me until I sign the certificate and agree to the name."

The original poster then went on to explain that he is now "plagued with doubt" over the child's paternity, or whether his girlfriend still had feelings for her first love.

Unsurprisingly, many people advising the man in the thread told him to seek confirmation he was the father.

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The woman has yet to explain why she changed the name (Credit: Unsplash)
The woman has yet to explain why she changed the name (Credit: Unsplash)

"Wow, almost every comment here shouts 'paternity test!', and frankly OP (original poster) should do that. BUT the bigger problem is that OP needs to know what to do if the child is his. He can't live in a relationship with someone who has so low respect for him," one wrote.

"Really if you're at the point where you're doubting the paternity of the child, the relationship is probably over," a second agreed, while a third penned: "Even if he gets a test and it turns out he's the dad, he should not skip a beat and immediately tell that woman that he's not going to be in a relationship with somebody who completely overrides his feelings and a mutual decision on something as important as the name of their child. She clearly has zero respect for his opinions and feelings."

Jerry Springer, eat your heart out.

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