Pregnancy test positive but hasn't been confirmed by doctor yet (less than 8 weeks). If I file for divorce before it's officially pregnant, can I get out of any future obligations to the child?
Before you go on a moral crusade, the mother's family are NJ state jackpot lottery winners and I fear I've been suckered into fathering an offspring.
Regardless of the timing of filing the divorce, if the child is yours, then both parents are required to pay child support. Both parents income will be taken into account when determining child support obligation. Unless your parental rights are terminated, you will be responsible for child support.
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If it is determined that you are the father of the child, you may be responsible for child support at some level, even if you are divorced at the time of the determination of paternity. Child support is not totally contingent on the financial circumstances of the other parent because each parent has a duty to support the child, lottery winners or not. It is about your responsibility to the child, which has nothing to do with morality.
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Call me crazy, but it doesn't sound like she needs money from child support. But at any rate, the answer is no. You will not evade a legal obligation to provide for your child by filling for divorce.
You are responsible even for unborn offspring for child support. It has nothing to do with marriage, divorce or never been married.
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Whether you divorce or not, and whether the mother won the NJ Lottery or not does not affect a father's responsibility that he helped to father. Now what you might have to pay will be influenced by the other parent's income versus yours, however, you are still the parent, unless a paternity test proves otherwise.
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