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You would not require legal representation for the purposes of carryout a paternity test. However, you can look for one using this link
You can also use the following link to take paternity test.
Yes once you establish that the child is yours you are required by law to pay child maintenance to support your child. Yes the lawyer can attend on your behalf to represent you in respect of the Child custody proceedings before the Family court
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In order to apply to the court, you will need to fill out and send form C100 (copy attached) with a cheque of £215 payable to HMCTS to your local family court centre. Or you can ring the court and pay over the phone (or pay in person if you go directly to the court and pay at the counter).
If you are on low income/have low savings you can apply for a fee exemption here:
The court will order arrangements for you to see them on specified days and for how long if you cannot agree this with your ex partner. You can also ask for joint custody so they live with you for part of the week if you wish.
If custody (shared or full custody) is to be considered then the welfare checklist of the child is relevant :
You need to contact a mediator as the court will want to know whether you have attended mediation first before involving the court - the mediator will contact your ex and if she refuses to attend then you are free to make the application to the court. This is called “MIAM”, or a mediation assessment.
To find a mediator in your local area, use this site :
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You would also need to attend the court hearings - you are a party to a proceedings. I
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