Program Operations Manual System (POMS)
TN 27 (12-00)
Child acquires status of child if:
(I) father recognizes child and recognition is either general and notorious or in
(I) paternity is proven during father's lifetime (a post-mortem judicial order decreeing
the paternity of a child meets the requirements of this section provided that the
paternity action itself was commenced before the putative father's death); or
For claims filed on or after 11/27/98, or pending on that date, paternity may be established
by an SSA adjudication of paternity before the father's death by a preponderance of
the evidence. After his death, paternity and recognition (general and notorious or
in writing) must be established by clear and convincing evidence.
Father acquires status of parent if:
father's recognition of child has been general and notorious or in writing, and the
recognition of the relationship was mutual.