Newark, NJ asked in Family Law and Child Support for New Jersey

Q: I never paid child support for my daughter and she's 15 years old now my child's mother is taking me to court

Do I have to pay child support ? If yes if I signed my rights over of my child do I still have to pay i don't get to see her

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Michael A. Conte

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  • Pennington, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: If you are the legal parent of the child, then you have a child support obligation. The right to be financially supported is the child's right, not that of the custodial parent. You cannot "sign away" your rights to a child to avoid child support, unless you mean signing over your parental rights in the context of a legal adoption of the child by a third-party.

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