I just received an order in the mail(not certified) from a wiconsin court to submit to a dna test. I am in Illinois and never been to Wisconsin.5years ago I was with a girl and we broke up.She had moved back in with her previous boyfriend and became pregnant.before the baby was born she moved to wisconsin and they got married.Now 5years later shes getting a divorcee and claiming me the father.When I asked her why im just now getting this she said she didn't want him on the birth certificate as well as the child has his last name.I asked her why she married him and if she told him he was not the father and she said she did but he wanted to be the father of the baby.So there now divorcing and he and she has no job and hes moved back to Illinois and now since that didn't work out for her
and hes broke she wants me to pay support 5 years after the fact.Can she do this?It was his willing choice to take responsibility of the child and now they don't want that.What are my legal right and obligations due to the fact they chose to do all of this without even telling me in the first place 5 years ago. Am I required to take the paternity test that was ordered? Is it valid due to the fact they don't have jurisdiction in Illinois to order anything?
Divorce / Separation Lawyer
First, yes they can order you to take a paternity test. Unlike other types of cases, Jurisdiction is over the child and where the child is, not you. Second, her husband is presumed to be the father if they were married when the child is born. He should be taking/have taken a paternity test first and only if he is found not to be the father do they normally move forward to the next step - a paternity action with a third party.
So, it sounds as if it may be likely that you are the father. If you are the father, you cannot be ordered to pay back support in this situation. You can only be ordered to pay support from the date you were served. And, of course, you will now have the right to get to know and have a relationship with your child.
To protect you in this situation and obtain the best results if you are the father, I strongly suggest you obtain local counsel who is an experienced family law attorney. Good luck to you.
Family Law Attorney
I agree in principle with previous counsel, but...
I have seen these fact patterns before and with out of state fathers. I that other fact pattern he had never lived in WISC, and just like you the husband had taken responsibility previously. In his circumstance he refused the orders of the Wisconsin court by not responding. Then they when through his local state which had real problems with the fact pattern and eventually refused to order him the father, even though he had taken a DNA test on his own many years before and was actually the father.
So, I would suggest that you contact a lawyer in your own state. It may not go as well given you being so close to Wisconsin (the next state over), but if you want to fight it, that would be how to state.
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