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Does an unmarried father have to pay child support if he is still helping the mother raise the child?

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2015-07-15 22:15:07
2015-07-15 22:15:07

Yes, all parents are responsible for the financial support of their children. The mother can and should petition the court at any time for a child support order. "Helping" is not considered paying child support which is a weekly obligation that the parent with physical custody can depend upon and figure into the budget. Every parent should help to raise the child. If there is a child support order the father must pay the amount ordered. He cannot deduct any amount for "help" with other things. He needs to maintain proof that he is paying his child support obligations regularly.

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