Filing for Custody, Paternity & Child Support
Filing the Custody / Paternity Papers
If you want to get the court's help with paternity, custody, visitation, and child support matters, you can file a paternity or a child custody case. There are certain forms you must fill out and file with the court to open a case. You can find instructions and all the forms you need to open a paternity or custody case in this section.
How to Serve the Custody/Paternity Papers
After you open a custody or paternity case, the next step is to make sure the other parent is “served” with the papers. It is up to you to make sure that the other parent is served. Visit this section to learn about how to have the other parent served, and what to do if you do not know where the other parent can be found.
Once the other party has been served with the complaint and summons, you will have to wait and see what the other person does before you know what your next step will be. You can learn about the possible next steps in this section.