• PATERNITY PROCEEDINGS

  • Paternity cases may be filed in Family Court by the mother, putative father, child, person or agency substantially contributing to the support of the child.
  • Paternity refers to legal establishment of the father of a child.
  • There is a filing fee.
  • There is an additional fee for service of process depending up the service method you choose.

PATERNITY CASES ARE NOT OPEN FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION.
Exceptions:
a. These individuals may inspect an order or judgment of paternity:

  1. Employees of governmental agencies in the performance of their duties;
  2. All law enforcement agencies including county attorneys, Commonwealth’s attorneys, District and Circuit Judges;
  3. Anyone with a court order giving access to the order of paternity;
  4. Either party to a paternity action or his/her attorney of record.

b. No other information about a paternity case is to be inspected by anyone unless he/she has a court order giving access to the file. KRS 406.035(2).

Available form:
Uniform Child Support Order

RE-OPEN FEES:
A fee of $50 shall be paid by any party re-opening a domestic case. Re-opening means any motion for modification of an order filed more than six months after the entry of an order. A domestic case could include paternity, child custody, support & visitation or divorce. Failure to pay a re-opening fee may result in your case not being heard.  This fee is not required for motions in the 42 U.S.C. Title IV-D cases for child support enforcement.

You may find these links helpful:
Cabinet for Health and Family Services – Child Support Enforcement 

Family Court Rules of Procedure and Practice