Child support

I received a letter in the mail ordering child support. I have not been to court or even served with these actions.  Can the court do this without paternity being established?


Asked over 7 years ago in Charlottesville, Virginia
Categories: Family

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Mel Williams

Answer by Mel Williams

VerifiedVirginia lawyer


The Division of Child Support Enforcement (DCSE) uses an administrative procedure that presumes paternity if the purported father does not respond to DSCE's inquiry. 
Is the correspondence that you recieved from a court or from DCSE?
Bottom line: you need to consult with an attorney knowlegeable in this field to sort this out and determine whether you need to take action, and if so, what action.

Posted over 7 years ago

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