January Jones Baby Daddy Mystery Continues


january jones baby daddyMad Men star January Jones has been spotted out on the town with her brand new baby boy Xander (looking amazing, of course), and while we all want to get a glimpse of that little dude when he's not covered by a blanket, there's something else I'm even more interested in finding out. Who is Xander's father? Since Jones decided to leave the baby's father's name off the birth certificate, we still don't know who made Betty Draper Francis' baby.

Maybe because I'm on Team Don, but I'm finding this whole scenario very distressing. I know it's none of my business (I know!), yet I can't help but wonder why Jones, or any mother, would intentionally leave the father's identity blank. Won't Xander need to have that information, in legal form, at some point?

Apparently it's a lot more complicated than that, as I found out through digging through lots of single mom forums and legal-ese sites. In California, where Jones resides, if you are not married to the father of your baby, you cannot put his name on the birth certificate unless he fills out a "Declaration of Paternity" at the hospital. He can also do this later to amend the birth certificate, but he has to be present. You can't just pretend Brad Pitt is your baby daddy willy-nilly. Huh.

Now we have the question of what father wouldn't want to be present and accounted for when it comes to the birth of his child? Perhaps a married man, or just a big ol' jerk. Big ol' jerk accounts for many of the explanations single moms have given for not filling out that part of the form, or asking the father of their child to do the same. Of course, there are the sperm donor explanations too, which make perfect sense. While it may be hard to understand how that can benefit a child -- short of keeping an abuser, addict, or other unsavory character away from your baby -- many women claim it makes life easier to just ignore an uninvolved dad.

Whether or not this is Jones' reasoning for leaving the big blank spot, we may never know. Regardless, I hope Xander has plenty of love and support so he never knows that his father was unwilling or unable to be involved in his life.

Would you leave the "father" part blank on a birth certificate?


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nonmember avatar Shelly

I wonder if she didn't just go to a sperm bank. The father wouldn't be present, becuase of that.

nonmember avatar me

yeah I would. it's her business. who cares. maybe it was a sperm donor.

nonmember avatar Lilianne

Sperm donor.

cute_... cute_mama88

My oldest son is also named Xander. I wish I'd had the option to leave that space blank for him.. It would be a whole lot easier for my husband to offically adopt him.

dirti... dirtiekittie

i wouldn't leave it blank, but that's because my husband was there for the birth of both of our children - although we weren't married when the first one was born. it's her decision to put the name there, and honestly, maybe it's because i'm not a watcher of mad men but i don't really get all the hoopla about this gal and who fathered her baby.

Rachel Johnson

When my son was born, I wasn't married to his dad so he isn't on the birth certificate. The hospital said that if he filled out some paperwork that it would be there, but it wasn't and it costs to get his name put on there. We will obviously do it eventually though.

cocob... cocobeannns

There have been rumors that she had an affair with the director of X-Men First Class (who is married) and that he is the father of her child. Rumors of course, but who knows.

nonmember avatar fabelle

Maybe she got a donor. MYOB

nonmember avatar aly

Let me give you some more background about the laws here in California, if the father is listed on the birth certificate he has the SAME rights at the time of the baby's birth as the mother. That father could walk into the baby's daycare center, pick the child up, and vanish. I mother has to file for full legal and physical custody to prevent this. Not saying this is why she didnt list the father or anything but it explains why lots of mother dont. If a father is trying to step up and the mother refuses, the father has to file a court hearing and ask that paternity is established. There are also at least three different birth certificate forms that the state has. One for unwed mothers, one for married women, and one for both married partners to file out. Amazingly, I had to specifically ask for the married couples one, lol. I wanted my child to be able to see mommy and daddy's signatures on his birth cert.

Bridgitt Bridgitt

WI doesn't allow unmarried fathers to be placed on the birth certificate. There may be an additional form or a paternity test, I'm not sure. I'm married so it didn't affect me, but there was a disclaimer on the form I filled out when the babies were born.

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