Q: I just found out I have a 9 year old daughter. Should I seek council?
Regardless of what I want, the Mother and her husband are going to seek adoption. Speaking with her lawyers, she will give assurance she won't go after back child support, even though I just found out about this child. I would like to know my options and if I should seek council.
A: You should retain an attorney to fully explore your options. Ordinarily, you would have a responsibility to pay child support, even possibly back to birth, and certainly going forward. You may also have the option of being recognized as the child's legal parent and be entitled to an appropriate relationship with her. You should understand how adoption would impact you.
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