Courtesy of the Colorado Bureau of Vital Statistics

This one is priceless. Here’s the summary:

In 1995, a little girl was born to a single mother. In 1998, the little girl’s mom took dad to court to seek child support. After paternity was established, dad began making support payments for a while. Then he stopped. Then he started up again. Then he stopped again. He’s currently making them. He has court-ordered visitation with his daughter, which he rarely exercises. The little girl knows he’s her father, but she doesn’t really know him. He’s never been a part of her life.

In 2005, mom discovered that she’d lost Aurianna’s birth certificate. So she contacted the state to get a new one. That’s when the fun started. First, Colorado’s division of vital statistics couldn’t find any record of her child. The Social Security Administration has a record of her, they know she’s 10, about to turn 11, and her name is Aurianna Dague.

After much searching, vital statistics found a birth certificate. Only thing is, it lists her name as Aurianna Michael. Michael is the surname of the father she barely knows. It’s not Aurianna’s legal name.

Mom, Amy Dague, says vital statistics told her the name was changed in 2000, when legal documents were submitted by the El Paso County Court. Amy Dague’s lawyer has asked for, and never received, a copy of this court order. No one seems to be able to produce it.

Vital Statistics insists they ony change a name when they have a court order. But they can’t produce a copy of it either. The best they can come up with is a handwritten note signed by a lawyer for the El Paso County child support enforcement agency. The CSEA can’t produce a copy of the court order either, and the laywer who signed the paperwork isn’t willing to discuss it, nor is he able to produce a copy of an order authorizing him to make the change.

So Amy Dague and her attorney asked for Aurianna’s name to be restored. Now the real fun starts.

Vital statistics won’t change the name back without a court order telling them to change it. And Amy Dague can’t get a court order, because she has to provide the court with the original court order that changed Aurianna’s name in the first place. The one that no one can produce.

Catch 22, anyone?

Kate blogs at The Original Musings. – Girl a victim of bizarre identity theft

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