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Question: The mother left me off of the birth certificate and now I would like to petition for a paternity test and look into getting parenting time. I was wondering what documents I would need to file at the court and if a trial, where she and I were both in a courtroom in front of a judge, was imminent, or if the court would bring us both in to a judge in an office to discuss things. If we were brought into an office would lawyers be allowed or strictly she and I? Also, what if I file a parenting time petition and the mother does not agree to it? Could the judge agree to it without her consent or?

Answer:

The Arizona statutes that you may want to take a look at are located in Title 25 of the Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.), beginning with A.R.S. § 25-801. A.R.S. § 25-803 states that you can file a Motion with the court to ask for paternity testing. You may be able to find informational packets about paternity in Arizona through your local family court. Also, some counties have informational pamphlets and forms available online, such as Maricopa County, Pima County and Coconino County.

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  • The mother left me off of the birth certificate and now I would like to petition for a paternity test and look into getting parenting time. I was wondering what documents I would need to file at the court and if a trial, where she and I were both in a courtroom in front of a judge, was imminent, or if the court would bring us both in to a judge in an office to discuss things. If we were brought into an office would lawyers be allowed or strictly she and I? Also, what if I file a parenting time petition and the mother does not agree to it? Could the judge agree to it without her consent or?

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