If a paternity action is filed against you, you should respond. If you don’t, a court can reach a final order without you, leaving you unable to present your side.


When you’re served, read the papers (or complaints) carefully, so you understand what the other party is requesting. Additionally, keep track of your deadline to ensure a default judgment isn’t entered against you.

You will have time to gather information and evidence to present your side and to respond to the complaint.

For instance, the alleged father can file an answer or response, including information such as genetic testing to show he is not the biological father.

However, depending on the circumstances, the court can still decide that a man is the legal father, even if he isn’t the biological father. So, it’s important to carefully respond to the paternity action and address all complaints listed.

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