My question involves paternity law for the State of: Indiana
In 1979, my wife and I conceived a child shortly before we split. We were married and lived in Illinois. Immediately after splitting, she moved in with another man in Indiana. Our divorce was finalized in the first week of November and our baby girl was born three weeks later in that state. They hurriedly married in Indiana in the interim, and claimed the new husband to be the father of record. I heard of the birth through a third party who was close to my ex-wife, and I inquired through that person if the child could be mine, but the word came back that she was not.
Over 39 years later, that girl is now a grown woman who discovered through a DNA test that her father of record was not her father at all. Even though her mother denied her any knowledge of me and refused to admit that I could be her father, against all odds, she found me through online research of relatives via ancestry web sites. We had a DNA test done and it is a >99% match. Besides that, her physical resemblance to my side of her family is obvious.
She wants very much to have her records, including her birth certificate, corrected to reflect that I am her father and to change her maiden name to my own. (She is now married and does not wish to change her married last name.)
The mother has been uncooperative -- and even dishonest in denying that I could have been the father, when she absolutely knew from the moment of conception that I could have been (and I have a story to back it up) -- so I cannot presume that she will be of any help. I, on the other hand, am the proud new papa of a 39 year old girl who also wants very much to set the records straight.
Is there any mechanism by which we can get this taken care of? Indiana has restrictive rules when it comes to paternity affidavits. I don't think that's an option. What about the courts? Is there any way at all we can get this done? I understand the implications with regard to inheritance; that is not a concern. We want our posterity to know, without any question or confusion, from whence they came. It is very important to us.