Answered on Jul 19th, 2011 at 9:59 AM
This would require unsealing the adoption records for cause, and would neither be easy or inexpensive. Contact a local domestic relations attorney for further information. Non legal based personal opinion: Seventeen years ago you thought you might be the father of the child in question. That would have been the time to do a DNA analysis. To try to walk into the life of a child who is now seventeen I think would be cruel to the adoption parents and to your potential biological daughter. What purpose would it serve to interrupt her life now? The only reason I could even remotely justify what you suggest would be the need to inform the girl of a terrible disease in your family history. Absent the need to convey life saving information, if you came to my office, I would not take the case.