My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Indiana
My question involves a parent has not seen his child in over 12 years.
My husband had a child out of wedlock about 16 years ago, he had visited the child for the first 2 or 3 years, he was friends with the woman who had the child but they were not in a relationship, one day he went to her home to visit and she was gone, had moved out, left no word of where she was going. He looked for her and the child for a while but didn't find her and she never contacted him from that point on.
Today I wake up to court papers shoved in my door. She's pursuing him for support, wants to establish paternity.
I'm going to assume that he has no recourse here despite the fact that she attempted to and has successfully kept the child away from him and didn't care to contact him or ask for support years ago even though she knew where he was and could easily find him. There is no bond there, no relationship, this is a money grab plain and simple.
We don't know how to handle this. Does anyone have experience with this? Beyond getting a lawyer is there anything we should be doing?