Instructions: Complaint to establish paternity court form

Instructions and information to assist you in completing this form.

Complaint to establish paternity form

See G.L. c.209C

The following must be filed with this complaint:

  • A copy of the child's birth certificate
  • Affidavit of Care and Custody (Form available at the courthouse)

Please Note: You must file a separate complaint for each child.

As of July 1, 2009 there is a filing fee of $100, plus surcharge ($15) except in cases filed by the IV-D agency.

Service of complaint

Service of complaint on defendant is to be made in accordance with Massachusetts Rules of Domestic Relations Procedure Rule 4

Financial statements

View this financial statements page for additional information, including the financial statement (short form) and instructions, and the financial statement (long form) and instructions.

Child Support Guidelines Worksheet

Child Support Guidelines Worksheet if support for child is requested.

Additional Resources for Child Support Guidelines Worksheet

Uniform Counsel Certification

Attorneys are required to file a Uniform Counsel Certification.

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