Form JDF1513 "Instructions to Disclaim Paternity" - Colorado

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INSTRUCTIONS TO DISCLAIM PATERNITY
These standard instructions are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice about
your case. If you choose to represent yourself, you are bound by the same rules and procedures as an
attorney. When you file your case the Court may provide you with a Case Management Order and other
information about the procedures to be followed. Please review that information carefully.
GENERAL INFORMATION
 This information provides a guide to using the forms necessary to file a case to disclaim paternity. Each
judicial district may have special requirements. You should contact the Court where you plan to file to find out
about any special requirements the Court may have.
 As provided by §19-4-107, C.R.S., legal action may be taken to declare the non-existence of (disclaim) the
parent-child relationship within a reasonable time after obtaining knowledge of relevant facts but no later than
five years after the child’s birth. If you are seeking to establish paternity, please see the specific instructions
(JDF 1500).
 The case should be filed in the county where the child or the alleged father resides or is found, or in any
county where public assistance was or is being paid on behalf of the child. If the alleged father is deceased,
the case should be filed in any county in which proceedings for probate have been or could be filed.
 The party filing the case must disclose any restraining/protection or emergency orders entered by a Court
against either party within 90 days prior to the filing of a paternity case.
 An automatic temporary injunction will be in effect upon service of the Petition and Summons on the
Respondent, or upon the signing of a Waiver and Acceptance of Service by the Respondent. The temporary
injunction will be in effect for 120 days after its effective date unless all parties consent to a modification of the
temporary injunction. The Court may, upon the motion of a party or on its own motion, modify the time the
temporary injunction is in place.
 For additional information, please review §19-4-107 of the Colorado Children’s Code.
 If you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to access the courts, please contact your local
ADA Coordinator. Contact information can be obtained from the following website:
http://www.courts.state.co.us/Administration/HR/ADA/Coordinator_List.cfm
COMMON TERMS
 Petition:
Document that officially commencing the process for disclaiming
paternity.
 Petitioner:
The person filing a Petition to Disclaim Paternity.
 Respondent:
The person served a Petition to Disclaim Paternity who must respond to
the allegations of the Petition in order to have his/her claims considered.
When he/she files a response to the allegations of the Petition he/she
becomes the Respondent.
 Service of Process:
The official means by which a party is notified that a document has been
filed against him/her and provided a copy of the document and a
description of the person’s rights and obligations as a party to the case.
 Hearing Date:
The date that the Petitioner and Respondent must appear in Court.
 Guardian ad Litem:
A court-appointed individual who will evaluate independently the issues
to determine the best interest of the child and report his/her findings to
the Court.
 May:
In legal terms, “may” is defined as “optional” or “can”.
 Shall:
In legal terms, “shall” is defined as “required”.
If you do not understand this information, please contact an attorney. You may also contact the
Family Court Facilitator at your local courthouse, if one is available in your Judicial District.
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INSTRUCTIONS TO DISCLAIM PATERNITY
These standard instructions are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice about
your case. If you choose to represent yourself, you are bound by the same rules and procedures as an
attorney. When you file your case the Court may provide you with a Case Management Order and other
information about the procedures to be followed. Please review that information carefully.
GENERAL INFORMATION
 This information provides a guide to using the forms necessary to file a case to disclaim paternity. Each
judicial district may have special requirements. You should contact the Court where you plan to file to find out
about any special requirements the Court may have.
 As provided by §19-4-107, C.R.S., legal action may be taken to declare the non-existence of (disclaim) the
parent-child relationship within a reasonable time after obtaining knowledge of relevant facts but no later than
five years after the child’s birth. If you are seeking to establish paternity, please see the specific instructions
(JDF 1500).
 The case should be filed in the county where the child or the alleged father resides or is found, or in any
county where public assistance was or is being paid on behalf of the child. If the alleged father is deceased,
the case should be filed in any county in which proceedings for probate have been or could be filed.
 The party filing the case must disclose any restraining/protection or emergency orders entered by a Court
against either party within 90 days prior to the filing of a paternity case.
 An automatic temporary injunction will be in effect upon service of the Petition and Summons on the
Respondent, or upon the signing of a Waiver and Acceptance of Service by the Respondent. The temporary
injunction will be in effect for 120 days after its effective date unless all parties consent to a modification of the
temporary injunction. The Court may, upon the motion of a party or on its own motion, modify the time the
temporary injunction is in place.
 For additional information, please review §19-4-107 of the Colorado Children’s Code.
 If you have a disability and need a reasonable accommodation to access the courts, please contact your local
ADA Coordinator. Contact information can be obtained from the following website:
http://www.courts.state.co.us/Administration/HR/ADA/Coordinator_List.cfm
COMMON TERMS
 Petition:
Document that officially commencing the process for disclaiming
paternity.
 Petitioner:
The person filing a Petition to Disclaim Paternity.
 Respondent:
The person served a Petition to Disclaim Paternity who must respond to
the allegations of the Petition in order to have his/her claims considered.
When he/she files a response to the allegations of the Petition he/she
becomes the Respondent.
 Service of Process:
The official means by which a party is notified that a document has been
filed against him/her and provided a copy of the document and a
description of the person’s rights and obligations as a party to the case.
 Hearing Date:
The date that the Petitioner and Respondent must appear in Court.
 Guardian ad Litem:
A court-appointed individual who will evaluate independently the issues
to determine the best interest of the child and report his/her findings to
the Court.
 May:
In legal terms, “may” is defined as “optional” or “can”.
 Shall:
In legal terms, “shall” is defined as “required”.
If you do not understand this information, please contact an attorney. You may also contact the
Family Court Facilitator at your local courthouse, if one is available in your Judicial District.
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FEES
A filing fee of $227.00 is required. If you are unable to pay, you must complete the Motion to File without Payment
and Supporting Financial Affidavit (JDF 205) and submit it to the Court. Once you submit the completed JDF 205
form and a blank Order (JDF 206), the Court will decide whether you need to pay the filing fee.
Other fees that a party to the case may encounter are as follows:
Response
$158.00
Service Fees
Varies (not payable through or to the Court)
Certification Fee
$20.00
Copies of Documents (Documents on File)
$ .75 per page
Genetic Testing
Varies (Not payable through or to the Court)
Guardian ad Litem
Varies
FORMS
and click on the “Forms” tab. The packet/forms are
To access a form online go to
www.courts.state.co.us
available in PDF or WORD by selecting Divorce, Family Matters, Civil Unions – Family – Disclaiming
Paternity. You may complete a form online or you may print it and type or print legibly in black ink. Read these
instructions carefully to determine what forms you may need, as you may need all or some of the listed
forms.
JDF 1000
Case Information Sheet
JDF 1503
Waiver of Service
JDF 1505
Motion for Genetic Testing
JDF 1506
Agreement for Genetic Testing
JDF 1507
Order for Genetic Testing by Agreement
JDF 1508
Order for Genetic Testing
JDF 1514
Petition to Disclaim Paternity
JDF 1515
Summons to Disclaim Paternity
JDF 1515(a)
Waiver of Service
JDF 1515(b)
Return of Service
JDF 1516
Final Order for Paternity
STEPS TO FILING YOUR CASE
Step 1:
Complete Initial Forms.
Selecting these instructions indicates that you are planning on filing a case to disclaim paternity. You are filing as
Petitioner and naming the other party as the “Respondent”. The caption below needs to be completed on all forms
filed. Make sure that you make a copy of all of the forms you file with the Court for your own records.
District Court
Denver Juvenile Court
__________________________________County, Colorado
Court Address:
In the Interest of:
Identify Name of Child(ren)
COURT USE ONLY
Petitioner:
v.
Respondent:
Attorney or Party Without Attorney (Name and Address):
Case Number:
Phone Number:
E-mail:
FAX Number:
Atty. Reg. #:
Division
Courtroom
NAME OF FORM
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Case Information Sheet (JDF 1000):
Please complete all sections on this form.
Petition to Disclaim Paternity (JDF 1514):
Please complete all sections on this form.
Make sure you have the appropriate number of copies of all documents for the Court and the
Respondent.
Summons to Disclaim Paternity (JDF 1515):
Complete all sections in the caption.
The Court may enter a date and time for the hearing and sign the form at the time you file or you may
need to provide a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive the Summons back with the hearing date.
Final Order for Paternity (JDF 1516):
Complete the caption and the Petitioner and Respondent informational sections on this form.
The Magistrate or Judge will complete the remaining sections of the Paternity Order and give you and the
other party a signed copy.
Step 2:
You are Ready to File your Case with the Court.
Provide the Court with the Petition, Case Information Sheet, Summons, and Order. The Court may provide you
with a hearing date at the time you file your Petition and Summons or the Summons will be returned to you in the
mail. You should note the date on your calendar to ensure that you complete service and file all the documents
timely.
Pay the $227.00 filing fee.
Step 3:
Serving the Petition and Summons.
It is important that you have the Respondent served as quickly as possible. The hearing shall be set for a day not
less than ten days after service is completed or on such later date as the court may order. Once you have filed
your Petition and Summons, the Court will provide you with a signed Summons to serve the Respondent. Service
options:
Waiver and Acceptance of Service:
This is the easiest way to serve the Respondent. However, the Respondent must be willing to accept
service of the paternity disclaimer papers in order to use this method.
Have the Respondent complete the Waiver of Service form – JDF 1515(a).
Make sure the Respondent signs and dates the Waiver of Service before a Court Clerk or Notary Public.
File the signed original with the Court.
Personal Service:
Select the Sheriff’s Department, a private process server, or someone you know who is 18 years or older,
who is not involved in this action, and who knows the rules of service to serve the Respondent.
You can locate private process servers in the yellow pages under Process Servers.
Provide the process server with the Petition and Summons
The process server will need to return the completed Return of Service – JDF 1515(b) to the Court for
filing, or return it to you to file with the Court.
COURT APPROVED GENETIC TESTING
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Step 1:
Complete Appropriate Genetic Testing Forms
The Petitioner or Respondent has the right to ask the Court to order genetic testing on all parties. It is the
responsibility of the person requesting the tests to prepare the forms. If there is agreement among the parties,
prepare JDF 1506, Agreement of Genetic Testing. If one of the parties does not agree, prepare JDF 1505,
Motion for Genetic Testing. It is the responsibility of the party completing JDF 1505 or JDF 1506 to contact a
court-approved testing agency to schedule the date and time for the collection of the genetic specimens. The fee
for the test is the responsibility of the parties being tested and should be paid to the agency at the time of the
test(s). The price of genetic testing varies with each lab.
Helpful hints to locate a laboratory that performs either HLA or DNA testing. There are a number of
national laboratories that perform this service. You can locate a laboratory in the yellow pages under
Paternity.
Questions to ask the lab when contacting to schedule an appointment.
Type of genetic testing performed.
Cost for genetic testing, per person and total cost.
Address for the Lab, as you will need the complete address when completing the forms.
Identification required for the parties completing the tests.
If you are filing a Motion with the Court to order genetic testing, make sure you schedule the testing a
month out. Once you have scheduled a date and time for the lab test, you are ready to complete and file
the appropriate motion and order as described below. If you think the Respondent will not agree to the
genetic tests, complete the motion and order forms under number 2 below.
1. If the Petitioner and Respondent agree to Genetic Testing, complete the two forms below:
Agreement for Genetic Testing (JDF 1506):
Complete all sections on this form.
Make copies for your own records.
Order for Genetic Testing by Agreement (JDF 1507):
Complete the caption only on this form.
The Court will complete the remaining sections.
2. If the Petitioner and Respondent do not agree to Genetic Testing, complete the two forms below:
Motion for Genetic Testing (JDF 1505):
Complete all sections on this form.
File the signed original with the Court, mail a copy of the completed form to the Respondent.
Complete the Certificate of Service portion on the form indicating that you have provided the
other party with a copy of the Motion.
Make copies for your own records.
Order for Genetic Testing (JDF 1508):
Complete the caption only on this form.
The Court will complete the remaining sections.
Step 2:
File Completed Genetic Testing Forms with the Court.
Provide the Court with the appropriate Motion and Order forms.
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Provide the Court with a self-addressed stamped envelope to receive the Order once reviewed and
approved by the Court.
Make sure you made copies for your records.
GENETIC TESTING
Complete the genetic testing as ordered by the Court. You and the Court will be notified of the results.
COURT HEARING
The Judge or Magistrate will review all documents filed and enter an Order to disclaim or establish paternity.
If the Petitioner/Respondent is not the biological father of the children, the Court will enter an Order
finding that you or the other party is not biological father.
If the genetic testing identifies the Petitioner/Respondent to be the biological Father, you or the
Respondent may want to review the Instructions for Allocation of Parental Responsibilities (JDF 1413I) to
address parenting time, decision-making responsibility, child support, and other financial issues, if any.
If your address or telephone number has changed since you initially filed your case, you must provide
current information to the Court in writing.
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