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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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