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, you can file a paternity or a child custody case. The instructions and all the forms needed to open a paternity or custody case are 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.
After the other party is served, 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.