I just been severed papers yesterday stating I am being sued with attached petition to Adjudicate Parentage. I reside in the state of Texas. Not going through too much detail right now, but I was served after trying respectively to get my ex-fiancé to cooperate with me to establish paternity through DNA testing. She did not want to corporate with me and I told her I will have to seek legally if she didn't. Well, she beat me to the legal process with now harassment allegations. The baby was born July 6.
Now, here is my question! Before answering all these motions, I was wondering if I can personally contact her lawyer to get a DNA test.
I have 20 days to answer all the motions and I was served yesterday. In section 5 of the petition, her lawyer is saying that my ex is requesting the court, promptly after appearance by respondent, order a petitioner, respondent, and child to submit to genetic testing, to prescribe the arrangements for the test, and to provide for payment of any reasonable fees. Again, this is what I have been trying to do with her all along, but I do not think it is necessary for the court to demand order now if this petition is now claiming she wants one now.
I just want to know if the baby is mine and if the test come back that she is, I will not deny it. I do not want to pay for legal test since I found out it is the same test, but requires more paperwork for the courts. Also, the legal test cost twice more than a standard test.
This is unnecessary since if it found that I am, I will Acknowledge Paternity without needing the assistance of legal system to make that claim. Is it wise or can I contact her Lawyer to get the DNA test before answering all claims in petition?
Looking for good immediate advice!!