Paternity and safety concerns

If you believe that disclosure of your information could put you or your child at risk of harm, you can ask DOR to take additional steps to protect your information.

The process of acknowledging paternity requires that parents provide certain information about themselves, such as your address, telephone number, and employment information. If you believe that disclosure of your information (letting other people know your information) would place you or your child at risk of harm, you can ask DOR to take additional steps to safeguard (protect) your information.

DOR can't guarantee that your information will remain confidential. Some laws require us to share information. For example:

  • Your address may appear in court documents.

  • We may need to provide information to the other parent’s employer to set up health insurance coverage for your child.

  • Under certain circumstances, the court can order DOR to release your information to the other parent.

You will also have to face the other parent in court. When there is a hearing scheduled in court, these people have to see the judge at the same time in the courtroom:

  • Mother and biological father
  • Someone from DOR (if either parent is receiving child support services from us)

  • The parents’ private attorneys (if either parent has one)

If you have safety concerns about the other parent, let us know so we can talk to you about steps that we can take.

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