Just a bit of background: I told the father I was pregnant at approx 16 weeks, and he said he needed to process when I asked if he wanted to be involved or not. His attitude being if I didnt want to be with him (as I called off us dating before I found out) then why would I want him to be involved and I explained I felt it was his decision to make, not mine. Apart from the night I told him when he text me a couple of questions I have not heard from him at all. So at 37weeks I text him to ask if he had processed and made a decision and he ignored the text. I am now due and text him again to which he has responded saying he didnt want to be involved. I am now wondering where this leaves me/him is terms of child maintenance and parental rights. If he is not on the birth certificate I believe he doesnt have parental rights.. But if I was to get child maintenance from him would he need to be on the birth certificate (giving him parental rights) or would him paying it give him parental rights? If I went through an agency and he denied paternity and then did a DNA test which would prove him to be the father would he then have to go on the birth certificate Or would it only be if he requested to be on it that he would be? And just as an FYI this is not about custody, he has said he didnt want to be involved and i know he may change his mind in the future and I would not deny him access, but as he said he doesnt want to be involved at the moment I dont want him to be in the birth certificate or have parental rights. I also wont be hiding it from my child who their father is.