Paying Support for a Child that is Not Yours?
Posted on Dec 15, 2010 3:00pm PST
What happens when you have been faithfully paying
child support for years only to learn that the child is not yours? This is a difficult
situation but, with the help of a
Jacksonville family law attorney, there are solutions you can explore. However, depending on the situation,
you may be forced to continue paying child support even if it is not your
When the court system is considering a case like this, it always takes
into account the well-being of the child above and beyond the needs of
the non-biological parent. In fact, they will claim that the child is
the victim, not the parent who finally discovers that the child is not his.
The courts have taken on the term "Parentage by Estoppel" which
means that since you accepted the duty to take care of the child monetarily,
you must continue your duty until the end of your agreed-upon term. Ultimately
courts must answer the question "what is in the best interest of
the child?" If they determine that the non-biological parent is the
best way to maintain the child's well-being, then that parent could
be asked to continue to pay child support.
Do you questions about child support payments?
Contact our firm to get answers.