Kalamazoo, MI asked in Family Law and Child Support for Michigan

Q: My fiancé was with someone about five years ago. She got pregnant, they were never married she left and disappeared.

He didn't know that the child was born or when, never signed a birth certificate, he knew nothing of her until she was 2 1/2 and the mom reached out to him wanting him in the girls life and wanting no money. she didn't get what she was hoping out of the situation so she pulled the little girl from him and we never heard from her. NOW she is taking him to court for a paternity test, and child support. She wants him to pay back child support. Can they make him pay BACK CHILD support considering he knew nothing of her until recent by the mothers choice?

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Brent T. Geers

Answered
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Your fiance could be obligated to pay support going back to the filing of the paternity action AND the child's birth expenses if provided through state assistance.

In a paternity action, the court is not concerned about the relationship - or lack thereof - of the parties. What matters is whether the child is biologically your fiance's. If it is, then he will be considered the legal father and obligated to pay support.

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