City, State Zip Code File No. ...
  , Petitioners
  vs.   S U M M O N S
E. F.
Address   .... (Case Classification Type):.... (Code No.)
City, State Zip Code
  , Respondent
THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, To the Respondent:
767.813(5)(b)1. 1. You have been sued. The petitioner .... claims that he may be the father of the child, .... born on .... (date), in .... (city) (county) (state). You must appear to answer this claim of paternity. Your court appearance is:
Date:        
Time:        
Room:        
Judge or Circuit Court Commissioner:    
Address:        
767.813(5)(b)2. 2. If you do not appear, the court will enter a default judgment finding the petitioner .... to be the father. If you plan to be represented by an attorney, you should contact the attorney prior to the court appearance listed above.
767.813(5)(b)3. 3. The .... County Clerk of Circuit Court is an equal opportunity service provider. If you need assistance to access services in the court or need material in an alternate format, please call .... .
Dated: ...., .... (year)
Signed:.... ....
G. H., Clerk of Circuit Court
  or
Petitioner's Attorney
State Bar No.: ....
Address: ....
City, State Zip Code: ....
Phone No.: ....
767.813(5)(c) (c) Nonparent as petitioner.
STATE OF WISCONSIN,   CIRCUIT COURT: ....COUNTY
In re the Paternity of A. B.
C. D. (Nonparent-Petitioner)
Address
City, State Zip Code File No. ...
  , Petitioners
  vs.   S U M M O N S
E. F.
Address   .... (Case Classification Type):.... (Code No.)
City, State Zip Code
  , Respondent
THE STATE OF WISCONSIN, To the Respondent
767.813(5)(c)1. 1. You have been sued. The petitioner .... claims that .... is the mother and .... may be the father of the child, .... born on .... (date), in .... (city) (county) (state). You must appear to answer this claim of paternity. Your court appearance is:
Date:        
Time:        
Room:        
Judge or Circuit Court Commissioner:    
Address:        
767.813(5)(c)2. 2. If you do not appear, the court may enter a default judgment finding .... to be the father. If you plan to be represented by an attorney, you should contact the attorney prior to the court appearance listed above. If you are alleged to be the father and you are unable to afford an attorney, the court will appoint one for you only upon genetic tests showing that you are not excluded as the father and the probability of your being the father is less than 99.0 percent.
767.813(5)(c)3. 3. The .... County Clerk of Circuit Court is an equal opportunity service provider. If you need assistance to access services in the court or need material in an alternate format, please call .... .
Dated: ...., .... (year)
Signed:.... ....
G. H., Clerk of Circuit Court
  or
Petitioner's Attorney
State Bar No.: ....
Address: ....
City, State Zip Code: ....
Phone No.: ....
767.813(5g) (5g) Notice. The notice to parties shall be attached to the summons. The notice shall be in boldface type and in substantially the following form:
NOTICE TO PARTIES
1. You are a party to a petition for paternity. A judgment of paternity legally designates the child in the case to be a child of the man found to be the father. It creates a legally recognized parent-child relationship between the man and the child. It creates the right of inheritance for the child, and obligates the man to support the child until the child reaches the age of 18, or the age of 19 if the child is enrolled full-time in high school or its equivalent. The failure by either parent to pay court-ordered support is punishable by imprisonment as a contempt of court or as a criminal violation.
2. A party to a paternity case has the right to be represented by an attorney. If you are unable to afford an attorney and you are a man who is named as the possible father of a child in a paternity case, the court will appoint an attorney for you only if the results of one or more genetic tests show that you are not excluded as the father and that the statistical probability of your being the father is less than 99.0 percent. In order to determine whether you are entitled to have an attorney appointed for you, you may call the following telephone number .... .
3. The petitioner in this case has the burden of proving by a clear and satisfactory preponderance of the evidence whether the man named as the possible father is the father. However, if genetic tests show that the man named is not excluded as the father, and show that the statistical probability that the man is the father is 99.0 percent or higher, that man is rebuttably presumed to be the father.
4. You may request genetic tests which will indicate the probability that the man named as the possible father is or is not the father of the child. The court will order genetic tests on a request by you, the state, or any other party. Any person who refuses to take court-ordered genetic tests may be punished for contempt of court.
5. The following defenses are available in a paternity case:
767.813(5g)(a) (a) The man named as a possible father of the child may claim that he was sterile or impotent at the time of conception.
767.813(5g)(b) (b) The mother may claim that she, or the man named as a possible father may claim that he, did not have sexual intercourse with the other party during the conceptive period (generally the period 8 to 10 months before the birth of the child).
767.813(5g)(c) (c) The mother or the man named as a possible father may claim that another man had sexual intercourse with the mother during the conceptive period.
767.813(5g)(c)6. 6. You have the right to request a jury trial on the issue of whether the named man is the father.
767.813(5g)(c)7. 7. If you fail to appear at any stage of the proceeding, including a scheduled court-ordered genetic test, the court may enter a default judgment finding the man claimed to be the father as the father.
767.813(5g)(c)8. 8. You must keep the clerk of court and child support agency informed of your current address at all times.
767.813(6) (6) Document. The summons served on the respondent shall be accompanied by a document, provided without charge by the clerk of court, setting forth the percentage standard established by the department under s. 49.22 (9) and listing the factors that a court may consider under s. 767.511 (1m).
767.813 History History: 1979 c. 352; 1981 c. 314; 1983 a. 447; 1985 a. 29; 1987 a. 27, 413; Sup. Ct. Order, 171 Wis. 2d xix (1992); 1993 a. 16, 481; 1995 a. 27 ss. 7112, 7113b, 9126 (19); 1995 a. 100, 404, 417; 1997 a. 35, 191, 250; 1999 a. 9; 2001 a. 61, 105; 2005 a. 443 ss. 185, 186, 190, 243, 244; Stats. 2005 s. 767.813; 2013 a. 170.
767.813 Note NOTE: 2005 Wis. Act 443 contains explanatory notes.
767.814 767.814 Names on pleadings after paternity determined. After paternity is determined by the court in an action or proceeding under this subchapter, any papers filed in, and any records of, the court relating to the action or proceeding may identify the parties by name instead of by initials.
767.814 History History: 2005 a. 443.
767.815 767.815 Enlargement of time in a paternity proceeding. The time for service of summons and petition under s. 801.02 (1) in a paternity proceeding may be extended as provided in either sub. (1) or (2):
767.815(1) (1) Good cause. Upon the petitioner's demonstration of good cause, the court may without notice order one additional 60-day extension for service of the summons and petition.
767.815(2) (2) Reasonable grounds; due diligence. The time for service may be extended until the date the summons and petition are actually served, if both of the following apply:
767.815(2)(a) (a) There are reasonable grounds to believe that before the time for service under s. 801.02 (1) or sub. (1) expired the respondent knew that the mother was pregnant and that the respondent may be the father.
767.815(2)(b) (b) Due diligence was exercised in attempting to serve the respondent, before he was actually served.
767.815 History History: 1983 a. 447; 2005 a. 443 ss. 191, 246; Stats. 2005 s. 767.815.
767.82 767.82 Paternity procedures.
767.82(1)(1)Appointment of guardian ad litem.
767.82(1)(a) (a) Except as provided in par. (b), the court may appoint a guardian ad litem for the child and shall appoint a guardian ad litem for a minor parent or minor who is alleged to be a parent in a paternity proceeding unless the minor parent or the minor alleged to be the parent is represented by an attorney.
767.82(1)(b) (b) The court shall appoint a guardian ad litem for the child if s. 767.407 (1) (a) or (c) applies or if the court has concern that the child's best interest is not being represented.
767.82(2) (2) Presumption. Presumption of paternity shall be as provided in ss. 891.39, 891.405 and 891.41 (1).
767.82(2m) (2m) Custody pending court order. If there is no presumption of paternity under s. 891.41 (1) or if paternity is acknowledged under s. 767.805 (1), the mother shall have sole legal custody of the child until the court orders otherwise.
767.82(3) (3) Time of conception; evidence. Evidence as to the time of conception may be offered as provided in s. 891.395.
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2017-18 Wisconsin Statutes updated through 2019 Wis. Act 50 and through all Supreme Court and Controlled Substances Board Orders filed before and in effect on December 6, 2019. Published and certified under s. 35.18. Changes effective after December 6, 2019, are designated by NOTES. (Published 12-6-19)