My ex-girlfriend had a child (there was some question as to who the father was). I am paying child support, the child is 3 and a half. She wants me to sign the birth certificate. What could happen if I sign it? Is there a way she could use that agains me (believe me if she can she will, I previously obtained a restraining order on her that is now expired)?I should add there was a court hearing to have a paternity test, I was unable to make it to the court and as a result a default judgement was entered against me. I have never signed anything.
You need to see an experienced family lawyer ASAP. Did you sign the Voluntary Acknowledgement of Paternity? Before you sign anything else you need to consult with a living, breathing family law practitioner, and not a bunch of anonymous lawyers here. The fact that you are already paying support for a child that may or may not be yours tells us you need legal representation to protect you from possible additional liabilities.
go get a copy of the entire court file. take it to a lawyer now, not next week, now. you have 30 days from the court date you did not go to to ask the judge to set aside that court order. if you do not do it in the first 30 days, it will be significantly more difficult to do it later.
do not sign the birth certificate. do not sign anything. you could stop paying support if there is no court order for you to pay it. you will not get back what you did pay, it is a gift.
go to the hospital where the baby was born. get a copy of whatever you signed there. best if you signed nothing.
if you want, call my office for an appointment to see me or mike strauss. we are in libertyville.
You need to do three things:
1.Don't sign anything yet.
2. Go to the Circuit Clerk's office and get a copy of your COMPLETE case file on this.
3. Take that file and see a family lawyer right NOW! I would recommend Attorney Schlesinger to you. He is top notch in family law. Do not delay!
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