Q: My son had his first child Valentine's day of 2019. The mother did not put him on the birth certificate (Oregon)
and he thinks he should wait to establish paternity ect until he is financially stable. I feel that it looks way worse not doing anything, the judge understands that money isn't everything! What do you think?
A: If your son wants to have any guaranteed relationship with the child then he should file immediately. The longer he waits and does not have parenting time, the more difficult the argument gets that he should have significant time with the child. Of course, this does open up the liability to pay child support, but if it is his child, he should be paying support. I suggest going to the Oregon Child Support Calculator online to see what he would possibly be paying, though I would further suggest talking to an attorney about what income he could be imputed as well as the other factors related to a child support calculation. Bear in mind, he could be liable for the expenses of the birth as well.
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