Q: In Maryland, can I obtain child support while pregnant or at least begin the process before the child is born?
I was a virgin at the time of conception, so paternity is not in question. My ex stopped communicating as soon as he learned I was pregnant, so I am hoping the courts can hold him accountable as soon as possible.
A: Paternity is never irrelevant. The father can always ask for a paternity test when the child is born. He can also just sign the Affidavit of Parentage which legally recognizes him as the father. You cannot get child support until the child is born and you cannot start the process for child support until the child is born. Once the child is born, you can file for custody and child support, but only after the child is born and only after the father agrees that he is the father. By law, a father is only deemed a father if you are married at the time of conception, if not married then if he signs the Affidavit of Parentage, or if not married then if he signs a court order agreeing that he is the father, then you can file for support and custody.
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