Paternity

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Question: I gave birth to my son in late April this year. His father was not there for his birth and has never met him. He had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and was just recently arrested. How do I get a DNA test to provide legal documentation that he is in fact the father of my child? Where do I start? Furthermore/Also, then what can I do next to try and obtain child support? Can anyone even receive child support from a person who is incarcerated? He is on social security by the way...so? Please Help!

Answer: There are self service forms at http://www.azcourts.gov/selfservicecenter/Self-Service-Forms that you can file in your county to establish paternity when mother is not married.  Once paternity has been established you can file for child support and the father could as for visitation. 

According to the dept. of corrections guidebook.  https://corrections.az.gov/sites/default/files/guidebook_2013_inter.pdf

Monies earned by an inmate:
Monies earned by an inmate are credited to the inmate’s trust account balances bi-

weekly. Deductions that are statutorily mandated, court ordered or required by the Department such as filing fees, restitution, dependent care/child support and transition fees may be collected from these types of deposits.

You may wish to speak with an attorney if you have other questions regarding the paternity and child support.

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  • I gave birth to my son in late April this year. His father was not there for his birth and has never met him. He had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and was just recently arrested. How do I get a DNA test to provide legal documentation that he is in fact the father of my child? Where do I start? Furthermore/Also, then what can I do next to try and obtain child support? Can anyone even receive child support from a person who is incarcerated? He is on social security by the way...so? Please Help!

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