ESTABLISHMENT OF PATERNITY
If either the mother or the alleged father is an unemancipated minor, a parent or legal guardian must be present during interviews with the unemancipated mother or unemancipated alleged father. If genetic testing has not been done, require and provide the opportunity for genetic testing to the mother and alleged father. Do not use the UAPA process to establish paternity or a child support order against an unemancipated minor.
Refer all cases to establish a child support order against an unemancipated minor to the Attorney General’s Office (AGO). Provide a serviceable address for the minor child’s parent or legal guardian. A parent or legal guardian of the mother and alleged father must sign a “Statement of General Guardian” before any judicial documents are signed by the unemancipated mother or unemancipated alleged father.
Consult with your manager and the AGO if you think there are sufficient reasons to delay the commencement or enforcement of the support obligation. If the obligor has dropped out of school and/or is working, the support obligation should be enforced.