Yes, you’ll be required to pay child support if you have acted as the child’s father for a decade, even if you knew you weren’t biologically related.
New York privileges the needs of children over the needs of their adult caregivers, and Family Court will direct you to continue to parent your child – if only in a monetary capacity – in order to provide the child with the most sound upbringing.
It may not feel fair, but consider this: If you could deny paternity and end your support obligation, your former spouse could just as easily prevent you from seeing the child ever again.
While that might be a satisfactory solution for a small subset of men, most fathers would resist that outcome, and the consequences for children would be catastrophic.
At Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino, we know that the emotional complexities of paternity and divorce are enormous.
We fight to ensure our clients achieve fair divorce settlements, and that their rights and their future earnings are protected. Call us today at 718-725-9601 and talk to a Brooklyn child custody lawyer for free.