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Paternity Petition Program

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Paternity means fatherhood. When you file your petition, the court will have a hearing in Family Court to decide who is the child's biological father. If paternity is found, the court will issue an "Order of Filiation." This order states who is the child's legal biological father.  [Learn more about Paternity]

File this form in Family Court.

You can use this program if:

  • You are the mother AND you are not married to the other parent, OR
  • You are a man who believes he is the father AND you are not married to the other parent.

This program has audio for your convenience.

 

Information Checklist

You will need the following information with you when you use this program:

  • The name and address of the other parent.
  • The names and birth dates of the children.

 

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  Paternity Petition Program

Note: You will be taken to our partner website called LawHelp Interactive.

You can "Sign Up to Save Your Work" or go directly to the program without signing up by clicking on "Get Started" or "Go". Then check to agree to the Terms of Use and click on "Continue" to begin the program.

 

About DIY Forms

Who Can Use These Programs?
You can use DIY Forms if:

  • you're a court user and you don't have a lawyer;
  • you're a legal services provider;
  • you're a pro bono lawyer. Pro bono lawyers filing a DIY Form must submit thispro bono affirmation.
  • you're from a low-bono (reduced fee) program recognized and authorized to use the DIY Form programs by the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program. You must submit this low-bono affirmation with the filing.

Commercial use is prohibited and no one may charge for using these programs. When you begin the program, you will be asked to accept these terms of use.

Computer Requirements
In order to use DIY Form programs, make sure you have the following:

Note: If you're on a Mac and do not have Microsoft Word, this program will not work for you.

Help Using DIY Forms
See Frequently Asked Questions for help using DIY Form programs.

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