Zanesville, OH asked in Family Law and Child Support for Ohio

Q: Ok me and my friend are having a baby together but me and her are not together but we are both willing to work together

With out child support is that still mandatory or no?? Like do we have to pay child support even though we are not tryna go that route and are trying to both raise our daughter even though we are not in a relationship??

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Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Both biological parents have responsibility to support the child through age 18, unless adopted. Either parent can apply for child support at any time until then. At the beginning, the parents might cooperate and share parenting duties so that neither applies for child support, but sooner or later, one of the parents will apply for child support. If the parents are unmarried, the biological father has no parental rights with the child until he establishes paternity and applies to the court for parental rights. Until then, the mother has sole legal custody and can apply for child support from the father if she chooses to.

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