Many years ago I became pregnant, and my fiance decided to absent himself from the situation. I had our duaghter in Virginia. As he was unwilling at the time, his name was not entered on the birth certificate.
Her father and I were both lifetime residents of Florida, where I returned to reside shortly after her birth. We reconciled and were within days of marrying when he was tragically killed in an auto accident.
His family, whom I had always been close to and I had a falling out at the time. They've had nothing to do with either of us all of these years.
I do however have many cards and letters from him in which he acknowledged paternity. The Social Security Administration accepted this as 'evidence' of paternity and my daughter did receive death benefits.
I always wanted his name on record, but never knew how to go about it, and certainly couldn't afford an attorney on my minimum wage jobs. I've never mentioned this to anyone before. Somehow, it's easier to ask a stranger (especially annonomously).
I think that the time has come to correct the birth certificate. My questions are: How do I file a petition to establish paternity? Do I need a DNA test as I do have plenty of written 'evidence' to prove that he accepted paternity and that until his death his entire family accepted our daughter. Would I be able to file in Florida, or must it be in Virginia? As my daughter is now an adult, must she do the filing? I've always told her that we were married, explaining that she has my maiden name because I changed our name due to 'Daddys family not acting nice.' I've never told her anything but good things about her father.
Any help would be so appreciated. Thanks.