Chicago, IL asked in Family Law for Illinois

Q: Can it affect me if i am not present to a paternity suit if I have not been served ?

My friend informed me that the father of my childen had filed a paternity suit and was trying to have me served. I have a temperary order of protection against him but he has been avoiding getting served. He doesn't know where I live for safety reasons and only knows where I work. What I'm asking is even though I haven't gotten served would it affect me not showing up to a court date that I am not aware of ?

Related Topics:
1 Lawyer Answer
  • Moline, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Dodging service doesn't accomplish anything .

The cases are not going away.

If there are safety concerns, they can be addressed in the paternity case also.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.