What does an ORDER OF NON-SUIT SIGNED (Final Order) in a paternity case mean?

Asked over 2 years ago - Houston, TX

My husband was petitioned in 2001 in a paternity case and the case seemed to have been closed. The Attorney General's office now sent a letter in regards to a paternity hearing to establish child support payments. Can they re-open the case? What is the next step for him?

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  1. Brian W. Erikson


    Contributor Level 18

    Answered . Generally, a non-suit is not an adjudication of the merits. That means that the matter was likely dismissed without prejudice to refiling. If the child is still a minor, the case can be refiled.

    I suggest that you retain the same attorney that you had in 2001 to address the original paternity case. That attorney would have file materials and a less steep learning curve.

    Good luck.

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