(I) the father has recognized the child in writing signed by reputed father (in presence
of two competent witnesses) showing upon its face that it was signed with intent to
recognize child as heir (NOTE: if the NH died, or child's application was filed in a life case, before 06/14/47,
recognition may have been either general and notorious, or in a signed writing); or
(I) on and after 07/01/76:
the natural parents participated in a marriage ceremony before or after the birth
of the child, even though the attempted marriage is void; or
the father has recognized child and recognition has been either (1) general and notorious,
or (2) in writing signed by reputed father showing upon its face that it was signed
with intent to recognize child as heir; or
the child's paternity is established by an adjudication before the father's death
by a preponderance of the evidence, or is established thereafter by a preponderance
of the evidence.
However, father acquires status of parent under 2. above only if recognition of relationship
has been mutual, and under 3.c. above only if he has openly treated the child as his
and has not refused to support the child.
If the writing referred to in 2. and 3.b. above has been lost or destroyed, declarations
of deceased persons may be used to prove such loss or destruction, the existence and
contents of the writing, and its genuineness if the declarations are corroborated
by proof of the father's general and notorious recognition of the child.