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Back in 2006 I was summoned to court in Lawrence County because my exwife was trying to go after her boyfriend for child support. She had a child with him while still legally married to me, though we were separated. I appeared in court and contested that I was the father, the judge ordered a paternity test. I took the test and it was found that I was not the biological father, I was on the birth certificate though. I figured that was the end of it. They pursued the real father and she was collecting child support from him. Recently either she moved or he did and she is again trying to get child support from him. Now Rutherford county is pursuing me for child support. I cannot find anyone who can tell me how to obtain a copy of the court documents that show I have already been proven not to be the biological father. Who should I call? I cannot afford a 1,500 dollar retainer on an attorney right now to settle this. I have been told that I will have to file a disestablishment of paternity to keep this from happening again. How do I do this? Who do I contact? Please help!
An attorney would be the best option. A copy of the court information from Lawrence County should be at their courthouse or County Clerk's office. It's public record. I would suggest starting there. I'm not entirely clear as to why Rutherford County is seeking child support from you. That would have to be a request from the mother of the child correct? If that's the case you need to obtain a copy of the court records from Lawrence County proving you're not the father and bring them to the requesting authority in Rutherford County.
Did you continue to have any relationship with the child after it was proven you were not the biological father? If you continued the relationship with the child and provided for him/her financially you could possibly create an obligation for child support. That's why it's preferable to have a family attorney that could handle this quickly. Not all require a $1500 retainer.
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