Steps in the Paternity Establishment Process

A paternity suit concerns the recognition of the child's legal parents and establishes each parent's rights and responsibilities to the child.

The steps include:

  1. Filing of petition
  2. Service of summons on respondent(s)
  3. Answer due 30 days after service
  4. Paternity testing (optional)
  5. Pre-trial hearing
  6. Trial

Mediation services can be requested or ordered by the court before or after the trial.