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Can I get Child Support?

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I have a baby by a man who is married. He has 3 kids with wife and another child with someone else. I believe he is paying child suppport to the other woman. He knows I have a child by him but acts as if I do not. I am not receiving any money from him. I want to file for child support but I do not want him in return to file for any type of custody of my baby. My baby is young and I do not trust him or his wife. His wife does not know about me. Would I be able to get much child support from him and does he have any chance of getting any type of custody?

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Generally you should be able to accomplish this through your office of child support enforcement. After paternity is established he could seek visitation rights.

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You certainly can seek child support through the state child support office. Since you gave us no financial information, there's no way to answer how much.

As for custody, anything is possible, but he'd have to go to court and file to legitimize the child, and given the likely consequences to his marriage, he may not. No one here is a mindreader to know what he might seek. If he seeks any rights, see a lawyer.

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I agree with my colleagues. You can get child support from him but, without more information, it is impossible to tell you how much. Given that he has other children, more work may be involved to determine what he pays for his other child and his expenses for the children with his Wife because, depending on the circumstances, he may get a credit for those payments which may decrease his child support obligation to you. If you only go for child support, he does not have legal rights to the child. However, it is possible that after you ask for child support, he will file to legitimate to get legal rights and ask for parenting time and potentially custody.

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