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You are not required to hire an attorney, but legal matters can be complicated. Consider talking to an attorney to go over your options. See the Finding Legal Help page for information about free and low cost ways to get legal help. 

Como encontrar ayuda legal

Usted no está obligado a contratar un abogado, pero los asuntos legales pueden ser complicados. Considere la posibilidad de hablar con un abogado para hablar de sus opciones. Para información sobre cómo obtener ayuda legal vea nuestra página Como encontrar ayuda legal.

Paternity Establishment in Utah

  • Establishing Court-Ordered Paternity: A Guide for Unmarried Parents - PDF

Child(ren) born to unmarried parents: Generally, the mother has sole legal and physical custody of the child(ren) until a court orders otherwise.


Three (3) Ways To Establish Paternity


 

Voluntary Declaration Of Paternity (VDP)

Administrative Paternity Order

Judicial Paternity Order

 

What's This?

Voluntary Declaration Of Paternity (VDP)

Unmarried parents may sign a VDP stating that a man is the biological father of the child(ren). The completed and signed VDP is filed with the Office of Vital Records and Statistics. This adds the father's name to Utah birth certificate. It can also change the child's name if the child is less than 5 years old.

Administrative Paternity Order

The Office of Recovery Services (ors.utah.gov) issues a Notice of Agency Acton (NAA) action to both parents after one of the parents applies for support. Both parents may respond to the NAA. This adds the father's name to Utah birth certificate. It can also change the child's name if the child is less than 5 years old. Child Medical insurance is also established.

Judicial Paternity Order

A Judicial Paternity Order is the result of a court action. A parent may use the Online Court Assistance Program (OCAP) to begin a Decree of Parentage in order to involve the court. This adds the father's name to Utah birth certificate. It can also change the child's name if the child is less than 5 years old. Child Medical insurance is also established.

 

Mediation?

Voluntary Declaration Of Paternity (VDP)

Mediation may be an option for parents wishing to create a parenting plan that addresses parent-time, custody, support, and other child related issues. Parties MUST file any agreement reached in mediation in the form of a court stipulation for the agreements to become court enforceable.

Administrative Paternity Order

Mediation may be an option for parents wishing to create a parenting plan that addresses parent-time, custody, support, and other child related issues. Parties MUST file any agreement reached in mediation in the form of a court stipulation for the agreements to become court enforceable.

Judicial Paternity Order

Mediation may be an option for parents wishing to create a parenting plan that addresses parent-time, custody, support, and other child related issues. In the Third Judicial District, under UCA §30-3-38, parents experiencing parent-time and/or co-parenting issues are referred to mediation prior to obtaining a court hearing.

 

Child Support?

Voluntary Declaration Of Paternity (VDP)

 

Administrative Paternity Order

Child support is established for the child(ren) based upon the Income Tables for Child Support Establishment.
Child Support Calculator

Judicial Paternity Order

Child support is established for the child(ren) based upon the Income Tables for Child Support Establishment.
Child Support Calculator

 

Parent-Time Issues?

Voluntary Declaration Of Paternity (VDP)

 

Administrative Paternity Order

 

Judicial Paternity Order

Parent-time issues can be addressed establishing court-ordered parent-time for the non-custodial parent. If parents are unable to agree on the parent-time schedule, the may refer to the default Utah Minimum Schedule for Parent-time UCA §30-3-35.
Program Forms and Statutes

 

Custody Issues?

Voluntary Declaration Of Paternity (VDP)

 

Administrative Paternity Order

 

Judicial Paternity Order

Custody is established creating court-ordered custody in the form of joint physical custody, joint legal custody, or sole physical custody.
What kinds of child custody are there, and how will custody be decided?

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Page Last Modified: 5/14/2021
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