Paternity actions are court cases that are used to establish certain rights for and to a child when the parents were not married to each other at the time of the birth and have not since married. Just some of those rights include:
The Family Court Self-Help Center does not provide procedural assistance to individuals needing to start Paternity actions, however, parties have the following two other options:
If you have a court case number and Paternity has already been established (you have a Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Judgment of Paternity signed by the court) your case is considered Post-Judgment. This means any enforcement (Contempt) actions or modifications you would like to pursue in family court are made the same way as post-judgment divorces and legal separations.
Please also see the Family Court Links page of this site for further information.