Q: I'm currently pregnant and still with my boyfriend. Can I get custody of our daughter even if we're still dating?
I'm 23 years old. We've been living together for a little over a year. We're not married. I make more money than him. He has a 4 year son from his last relationship and pays child support.
A: Your marital status has nothing to do with either custody or child support. However, neither a custody or support case can begin until after the child is born. A father has an obligation to support his children and also has the right to custody time with the child (although this is usually very limited in cases involving newborns). The fact that you make more money than him doesn't matter. He still has an obligation to support all of his children. The court will use a formula (guidelines) which takes into account his existing child support obligation for his son and determine how much he should have to pay you.
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