Legal Question in Family Law in North Carolina

My niece had a baby while unmarried. The father was/is broke. Later, she married a man who assumed the role of father. They were married for 9 years and the baby is now 9 years old. They had another baby together while married. The husband decided to abandone her and the 2 kids for another woman. Does the husband pay child support for the child that is not his biological child?

Asked on 12/21/13, 2:45 pm

1 Answer from Attorneys

This is an ambiguous question! Do you mean 'can' he pay child support? If so, the answer is sure and if he is a gentleman he probably should because he was such a big part of the child's life for a substantial period of time. Do you mean is he 'required' to pay child support? If so, the answer is no - unless he adopted the child. So if he wants to be a total and complete jerk, he can basically walk out of the kids life, never look back and pay a dime.

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Answered on 12/22/13, 6:32 pm

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