Affidavits of Paternity
A paternity affidavit may be completed at the hospital within 72 hours of a child’s birth or at the local health department any time before a child is emancipated. If paternity is established by paternity affidavit, the Department of Health will add the father’s name to the child’s birth certificate.
Parents who wish to sign a paternity affidavit must make an appointment with Vital Records. Both parents must be present and have valid and acceptable documentation. Call 260.449.7147 for information or to make an appointment.
Location and Hours
200 E. Berry St.
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Except on holidays observed by Allen County Government
The following filing fees apply for paternity affidavits filed at the Department of Health:
- Paternity Affidavit filing fee – $35
- Paternity Affidavit Upon Marriage (filed upon the marriage of the parents of a child born out of wedlock) filing fee- $35
There is a $3 charge for a copy of a paternity affidavit that is on file with the Department of Health.
Parents who wish to sign a paternity affidavit must make an appointment. Both parents must be present and have valid and acceptable documentation. Contact the Vital Records office at 260.449.7147 for further information or to make an appointment.