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Paternity Actions

Paternity is a legal determination that identifies the father of a child born out of wedlock. Either parent can request the court to establish paternity. Generally, paternity actions are started by a Prosecuting Attorney’s office after a referral by the Michigan Department of Human Services. The Department of Human Services makes referrals whether or not a party receives public assistance. A party has the right to contact a private attorney to file the paternity action.

Paternity Establishment

Paternity establishment is needed to identify a child’s legal father. A complete and notarized Affidavit of Parentage form or court order establishing paternity can be used as legal proof of paternity. Paternity of a child must be established if a child is born to an unmarried mother or a mother who has not been married within the past 10 months.

If the mother is married when the child is born, her husband is recognized as the legal father.

If the mother is not married, the mother and father may establish paternity voluntarily by completing an Affidavit of Parentage form.

Paternity may also be established through a court order, after the biological father is determined by DNA testing.

Once paternity has been established, the court may order child support, reimbursement of medical expenses for the birth of the child and on-going health care expenses of the child.

Parenting Time (provision for the father or mother to see the child) is not automatically ordered in paternity cases. However, if a parent who has a paternity action pending would like custody or parenting time, he or she should advise the Prosecuting Attorney or their private attorney before the entry of the paternity order.

The Friend of the Court cannot help with parenting time (visitation) problems unless a court order for parenting time has been established by the court. If the mother and father marry after the court enters the paternity order, they must give a copy of the marriage license to the Friend of the Court to end the support order. Arrangements must be made to pay all money owed to any public agency.

On June 12, 2012, Governor Rick Snyder signed the Michigan Revocation of Paternity Act into law:  2012 PA 0159.  The Revocation of Paternity Act allows the various parties to file a motion with the court challenging paternity in certain situations.  When each party can file and why is different.  The Act also governs several different factual situations.

DOCUMENTS

The Paternity Act
Revocation of Paternity Act

MOTIONS

MOTION TO SET ASIDE ORDER OF FILIATION AND FOR GENETIC TESTING ON YOUR PATERNITY CASE (DP)
MOTION TO SET ASIDE AFFIDAVIT/ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF PARENTAGE (DS/FAMILY SUPPORT CASE)

Friend of the Court, Staff Attorney

Kevin W. Weller P56943

Office

870 S Main Street, Room 210
PO Box 70
Cheboygan, MI 49721
Email: foc@cheboygancounty.net
(231) 627-8825
Fax: (231) 627-8417

 Hours

Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

 Additional Staff

Custody/Parenting Time Investigator/Mediator
Breanne Thompson
foc@cheboygancounty.net
(231) 627-8418

Child Support Case Manager
Samuel Bohl
sbohl@cheboygancounty.net
(231) 627-8802

Child Support Case Manager
Mary Bur
mbur@cheboygancounty.net
(231) 627-8869

Child Support Case Manager
Tracy Bourgeois
tracyb@cheboygancounty.net
(231) 627-8848

Child Support Case Manager
Paula Jewell
jewellp@cheboygancounty.net
(231) 627-8826

Assistant to the Friend of the Court
Tina Stead
foc@cheboygancounty.net
(231) 627-8825

NON-EMERGENCY PUBLIC SAFETY NUMBERS

Cheboygan County Sheriff Department
County Building
870 S. Main St.
Cheboygan, MI 49721
231.627.3155

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Indian River Field Office
6984 S. Straits Hwy
Indian River, MI 49749
231.238.9313

Cheboygan Department of Public Safety
Cheboygan City Hall
403 N. Huron St.
Cheboygan, MI 49721
231.627.4321

Mackinaw City Police Department
Village Hall
102 S. Huron Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701
231.436.7861

Tuscarora Township Police Department
Tuscarora Township Hall
3546 S. Straits Hwy
Indian River, MI 49749
231.238.9481

CONTACT US

Cheboygan County
870 S. Main St.
Cheboygan, MI 49721
231.627.8855