Cancel a signed Voluntary Decaration of Parentage
There are two ways to cancel a Voluntary Declaration of Parentage (or Paternity) (VDOP). Canceling (or rescinding) the VDOP ends the legal parent-child relationship created by the VDOP.
Options to cancel a VDOP
Cancel by submitting a form to DCSS
- If it's been less than 60 days since you or the other parent signed the VDOP, you can usually cancel the VDOP through the Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) by submitting a Recission Form.
Cancel through the court
- If it's more than 60 days since you signed the VDOP, you will need to file papers in court to ask a judge to cancel (set aside) the VDOP.
- If there's a court case about the child custody or support using the VDOP, then you can't use the Rescission Form. You will need to file papers to ask a judge to cancel the VDOP.
If you were a minor when you signed the VDOP, you can cancel the VDOP by submitting a form up until 60 days after you turn 18 or become emancipated, whichever comes first. After that, talk to your local Self-Help Center or an attorney to find out whether you can cancel or set aside the VDOP.