Jul. 24, 2014
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Parentage



For unmarried parents, parentage needs to be established legally. Once legal parentage is established, the court can make orders about custody, visitation and child support. Other ways that a person can be established as a legal parent are: signing a Declaration of Paternity at the hospital when the child is born, or having a child support judgment entered establishing legal paternity. 

The Petition to Establish a Parental Relationship is the pleading used when there is no legal father established for a child.  

A Petition for Custody and Support is used when there is a legal father but there are no orders for custody or visitation.  

If you already have an open case but do not have orders you may want to contact the Self-Help center for assistance and referral to the proper clinic.

The Self-Help Center offers a clinic that provides assistance in filling out the forms related to establishing an original custody or visitation order. Please check the clinic calendar for the “Petition for Custody and Support & Beginning Paternity” clinic.

For more information on paternity cases, click here.  

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