Q: Can the biological father be responsible for cs if another man intends on claiming paternity?
I'm soon to be having a baby and know who the bio father is but he has been absent and not in contact since the first couple months of the pregnancy. I have been in a relationship with another man for the majority of the pregnancy and he is happily willing to claim paternity of this child despite it not being his. Would I be able to obtain child support from the child's biological father if this other man claims paternity of my child at birth. If child support can be obtained from the child's biological father how would I need to go about getting it set up.
A: Hello. Whomever is listed on the birth certificate or signs an acknowledgment of paternity will be the man responsible for child support, unless there is a court action to prove otherwise. Falsely putting a name on a birth certificate or paternity acknowledgement will only create an expensive mess to correct later, through court action and only court action will correct it. When you file for child support against bio dad, you can get a paternity test in that court action to have him declared the father and pay child support/handle custody. You can call your county DHR office or hire an attorney, and you can start the process AFTER the child is born. Best of luck!
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