Can a father be made to pay child support if the mother of the child lives at home with her parent, and has no bill,and does not want to workMy roommate just found out he has a 1 month old baby....

Can a father be made to pay child support if the mother of the child lives at home with her parent, and has no bill,and does not want to work

My roommate just found out he has a 1 month old baby. the mother of the baby thought it was someone elses baby. My roommate has been with her and the baby since she was born helping. The mother lives with her mother(baby's grandmother) and is not requierd to pay bills. She also works for her uncle making $200 a day under the table(not legally hired). She is now asking for child support and openly admitted she wants the child support so she will not have to work, and so she can still by herself clothes and things and not have to work.

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larrygates | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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In a word: yes, he can be required to pay support. The child is as much his as it is the mother's and he shares the responsibility equally with the mother to see that the child's needs are met. Having said that, the mother cannot necessarily get off Scot free and provide for herself through funds provided for the child. A court of competent jurisdiction will determine the costs necessary to raise the child and each parent's ability (not willingness) to support the child. The cost would then be apportioned between the parents.

The fact that the mother lives with her parents is actually to your roommate's advantage, as he will not then be burdened with the cost of providing a place for the child to live. He is responsible, however, to see that the child is properly fed, nurtured and sheltered, a responsibility he shares with the mother.

Your roommate's best move now is to consult an attorney who specializes in child support and family law. The attorney can provide a more specific response to the situation you have described.

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missygvt | eNotes Newbie

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thank you so much for your answer..the only problem is that my poor roommate wants to be able to have hs daughter equaly but the mother still makes him come toher house if he wants to see her... she pretty much told him that she want to mother the child and him only pay for her and the baby to live...but he wants to be a major part of her life but he doesnt want to make her mad and her take her completly away and make him pay money and never see her he told her he didnt minde to pay he just wants to be in her life and she said ok but he has to continue coming toher house and bring thing when he comes and now she is trying to somewhat trying to black mail him with telling the childsupport will stop when they get married down the road when that was never even disscused..he wanted very much to work things with her and have a family for the baby but she obviously has bad intentions on using her baby and the father as a way out and beeingsupported  for free.. we just want to protect him and the baby. but once again thank you so much for your input we are young and are learning.

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