Q: I’m considering dating a single mother that’s serious about commitment. What can I do to protect from paternal estoppel?
How common is this occurrence and what length of time, in regards to providing and/or a cohabiting living situation, would make this applicable.
A: In my 34 years specializing in family law in NY I have never heard the term parental estoppel. However, if you are referring to a non biological parent being held out as the parent of a child for support purposes. NY has case law in which non biological "parents" have been held financially responsible but it is very case specific and generally requires a long term situation where the non biological parent holds himself out as the father.
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