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how long after submitting paperwork to court does a paternity

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how long after submitting paperwork to court does a paternity test typically take? This will be through new Hampshire courts.
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Upon filing a petition for paternity, the respondent has 30 days to answer the petition and admit or deny the allegations in the petition. If the respondent denies the allegations, then a paternity test is generally ordered by the court or upon motion of the petitioner within 30-60 days after the answer is filed. If the respondent admits to the allegations, no paternity test is ordered. If the respondent never answers the complaint within 30 days, it is up to the petitioner to file for a default judgment and the court orders paternity declared without any tests based on the respondent failing to answer the complaint within 30 days.




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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

thank you for your answer but i have another question. Basically my situation is this girl says her 2 year old daughter is mine. When I tried talking to her about taking a paternity test she would come up with excuses not to take one. (fishy) She swears its mine tho but I cant believe her with out a paternty test. You said If I file for a petition for paternity and she just admits and doesnt deny im the father, then she will not have to take one? How do I go about the courts making her take a dna test??

I am sorry, no, the answer above was based on if the mother was filing for paternity, which is typically how these cases work. The fathers normally do nothing but deny paternity and force the mother to go through the expense of filing the paternity action if they want to claim someone is the father and collect support from them.

If you want to be proactive and end her harassment of you about the paternity, you can file a petition for paternity in which you deny paternity and if she fails to answer, the court grants default in your favor denying paternity. If she answers and claims you are the father, she has 30 days to answer, then after she answers within 30-60 days the court will order a test and you would make a motion for such a test.
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