I was served a letter saying I needed to respond by writing an answer to the petition of paternity. What does that mean?

Asked 9 months ago - Arlington, TX

I filed for child support with the attorney general's office and scheduled a time to meet with my son's father to come up with an agreement of support but he did not show. So I am now having to go through the court systems and was served a letter saying they needed a response in writing but I have no idea what to respond. And what is the next step I need to take to get paternity established and child support set up.

Attorney answers (2)

  1. Jason John Jakob

    Contributor Level 8

    Answered . Contact the attorney representing you from the texas Attorney Generals Office. The Attorney General's Office likely filed the Paternity Action with the court to establish who is the biological father. The two of you were not married at the time of birth? If not, then there is no presumed father so parentity would need to be established. I hope this helps.

  2. Stephen Ross Cohen

    Contributor Level 20

    Answered . It appears there is a question as to who the father is, respond by calling or writing to the party on the letter, that you are willing to produce the child or children and take the DNA tests to resolve the issue.

    My name is Stephen R. Cohen and have practiced 39+ yrs. I can be reached at 213-819-1171. I practicein Los... more

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