Filing for Paternity in Oklahoma

Family Lawyers In Tulsa-Filing for Paternity in Oklahoma

Filing for Paternity in Oklahoma is remarkably similar to the process for filing for an Oklahoma Divorce. The minor child(ren) at issue must have resided in Oklahoma for the last six (6) months and must be found in the County in which the case is being filed. Either the mother or the father may file the Petition for Paternity.

The individual filing for the determination of paternity (the Petitioner) must then file a Petition, where they set forth: the reasons why the presumptive father should be adjudicated the father, child support, custody, visitation, and back child support owed.

The Petitioner must also have summons issued so that the other party (the Respondent) gets proper notice of the filed Petition.

If filed in Tulsa County the court system will automatically set a Parenting Planning Conference within twenty (20) days. The Parenting Planning Conference is an attempt to get an early Temporary Order Agreement as to custody, visitation, and child support.

If the matter is not filed in Tulsa County or, then it may also be necessary to file for a hearing to get in front of a Judge so that temporary orders may be entered.

At the first court, the parties will enter a Scheduling Order, which will set out deadlines to request discovery, schedule the case for mediation and to exchange proposed settlement offers.

If there is no agreement as to custody, visitation and child support, then the parties will be required to attend a mediation session prior to moving the case towards trial. At mediation the parties will attempt to reach an agreement on any outstanding issues, utilizing a third party (often times an experienced attorney or former judge) to help facilitate final agreements.

Should mediation not be successful, the next step is a Pre-Trial Conference. There the parties will exchange exhibit books, inform the court about the issues to be litigated. The parties will also be assigned a trial date at that time.

The final step of course is the trial, where the parties would present their case to the Judge. Based on the testimony and evidence, the Judge would then make a ruling and issue a decision as to child custody, visitation, child support, and any other issues presented at the Pre-Trial Conference.

Call today for a free consultation with a Family Lawyer in Tulsa Oklahoma about filing a paternity case.