Does a stepfather have to pay child support for their stepchildren? 16 Answers as of April 30, 2013

English project where we need to know the law for this certain issue. Can you please help?

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Reza Athari & Associates, PLLC | Riana Durrett
Under certain circumstances, yes, a stepfather could be ordered to pay child support. Under Nevada Revised Statute 126.051, a man who is not the biological father can be presumed to be the legal father if "While the child is under the age of majority, he receives the child into his home and openly holds out the child as his natural child."
Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 11/24/2012
Law Office of Barton R. Resnicoff | Barton R. Resnicoff
A step parent only has an obligation to support step children if residing with him/her and may be in need of public assistance.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 11/23/2012
William C. Gosnell, Attorney at Law
William C. Gosnell, Attorney at Law | William C. Gosnell
No.
Answer Applies to: Tennessee
Replied: 4/30/2013
Rebecca Rainwater
Rebecca Rainwater | Rebecca Rainwater
No. There is no duty for a non parent to support someone else's children. A step parent can be ordered to pay support if they legally adopt the children.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/22/2012
John Russo | John Russo
You are cheating if this is a school project, do the research.
Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
Replied: 4/30/2013
    James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C.
    James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C. | James T. Weiner
    No.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 4/30/2013
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn | Paul Zahn
    No.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 4/30/2013
    Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A.
    Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A. | Joanna Mitchell
    No. The stepfather has no legal obligation to pay child support for his step children unless he legally adopts them.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 11/20/2012
    Lombardi Law LLC
    Lombardi Law LLC | SUZANNE LOMBARDI
    In Alaska unless the stepfather has signed the birth certificate he will not have to pay child support. The other way he can make sure he does not have to pay child support is to get a DNA test. Remember the child support agency is to assist people in getting monies for their children. Child support is not ordered unless a mother or father asks for the assistance of child support. The other way child support can be ordered is if the court orders it. But usually the court would not order a stepparent to pay child support. I hope that this helps you with your project.
    Answer Applies to: Alaska
    Replied: 11/20/2012
    Victor Varga | Victor Varga
    Not sure what you mean by English project. In Maryland, generally no, stepparents are not obligated for child support unless he/she adopted the children, then yes.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 11/20/2012
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
    John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
    In Colorado and most other states a step-parent has no legal obligation for financial support based simply on being a step-parents. In some states the actual facts and circumstances, such as a contractual agreement or a special long term relationship might support a child support order as an exception to the rule.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 11/20/2012
    WARM SPRINGS LAW GROUP | Elliott D. Yug
    In general, no. However there is the concept of equitable adoption and under certain circumstances the step father would have to pay child support. In some jurisdictions in Canada the answer is yes.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 11/20/2012
    Diefer Law Group, P.C.
    Diefer Law Group, P.C. | Abel Fernandez
    In California, a step parent does not have to pay child support for a child unless the child was legally adopted. If the child was adopted by the step parent, then yes the step parent is now the legal parent. If there is no adoption, the step parent just married the child's biological parent then the step parent is not liable for support.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/20/2012
    Donaldson Stewart, PC
    Donaldson Stewart, PC | Monica H. Donaldson Stewart
    A stepparent does not have a child support obligation for a stepchild.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 11/20/2012
    Attorney at Law | Michael P. Vollandt
    Stepfather is not required to pay child support for stepchildren. You can find it in California in the Family Law Code under child support.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 11/20/2012
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