Responding to a Custody or Paternity Case
Responding to the Custody / Paternity Papers
If you have been served with a summons and complaint for custody or paternity, there are things you must do to participate in the case. If you do nothing, the other parent may be able to get a final order without you. Visit this section to find out important information you should know, deadlines you must follow, and forms you must file once you have been served.
How to Serve the Custody/Paternity Answer & Counterclaim
Whenever you file a legal document, you must provide a copy of what you filed to the other party (or their attorney if represented). It is up to YOU to make sure the other party gets served with a copy of anything you filed. The Court does not serve the papers for you. This will explain how to serve the Answer & Counterclaim and any other documents you filed in response to the custody or paternity case.
There are a number of things that will happen after you file your Answer. You may have to file some additional papers, and the judge will schedule a hearing that both of you must attend. This page will explain the different things that might happen next in your case.