I am supposed to take a Paternity test tomorrow for a child I may have fathered 9 years ago. I am married and have a 3 month old with my wife. Am I required to pay back child support for a child I didn''t ven know was mine?
Optional Information: Fredericksburg, VirginiaAlready Tried: I'm just going to assume that I am the father so I can start planning.
Thank you for your question.According to the Virginia support profiles, a man who has not been declared the legal father of a child should not be responsible for retroactive child support. Retroactive support would only be ordered if the mother had obtained government assistance, otherwise, child support would begin on the date the child support order is issued.You can review the profile [starting as section 14 here to section 15]Lastly, the court does have the discretion to order that you pay for any prenatal expenses that the mother incurred which is a separate issue than the child support one.
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