Bronx, NY asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Maryland

Q: (MD) Child support filed on father not on birth certificate. Does the mom need to file for sole custody in family court?

Child support was filed with the state. The Mom was advised because paternity will now be legally established, sole custody should be filed with family court as well.

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Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Child support does not establish custody. Until there is a court order, the parents have equal rights to the child. It is always best to get a custody order when the parents are not together.

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Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Towson, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: Without knowing the exact facts of the case and all parties involved, if that is the advice that she received, then she should follow it. You are correct in that a paternity action must be filed. Once paternity is established, mom can file for child support and custody. Good luck!

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