Yes, if you acknowledge paternity at any point, then you will be expected to pay child support until your child reaches the age of 21.
In cases where a pregnant spouse files for divorce, it’s vital that your legal team pursue avenues that protect you, and demanding proof of paternity is the first step you should take before acknowledging any biological relationship to the child.
Work with experienced attorneys who understand the ramifications of any acknowledgement of paternity and can protect you through the divorce process.
Whether in depositions or filings, you must be extremely careful to rely on science, not emotion, when discussing the child in question.
Courts have a strong interest in seeing that a child is supported, and there’s a danger that an innocuous comment made to opposing counsel can be used against you in the divorce.
Call the attorneys at Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino today at 718-725-9601 and talk to an experienced divorce and paternity lawyer for free.