How long do I have to pay child support if I am not the biological father? 23 Answers as of June 11, 2013

I'm not the biological father and was made to pay child support. Now the kid is grown and they are still taking rears out of my pay check. Why is the mother still benefiting from this?

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Law Office of Karen A. Clark, L.L.C.
Law Office of Karen A. Clark, L.L.C. | Karen A. Clark
If you were found to be in arrears for the child support, you might have to continue to pay until that arrearage is paid off. I would suggest reviewing the court orders on this matter with an attorney.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 9/12/2011
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser
Warner Center Law Offices of Donald F. Conviser | Donald F. Conviser
If arrears are being collected from your paycheck, the fact that the child has become an adult is immaterial. If you were ordered to pay child support and fell behind on payments, you owe the arrearage plus interest at 10% per annum on the unpaid balance of the arrears until paid in full. You didn't indicate why you were ordered to pay Child Support for a child who wasn't your biological child, so I can't speculate whether or not the order was improper, but your deadline to appeal the ruling mostlikely expired long ago.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 9/8/2011
Beresford Booth PLLC
Beresford Booth PLLC | S. Scott Burkhalter
You will have to pay under the terms of the order until it is modified.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 9/2/2011
John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law
John E. Kirchner, Attorney at Law | John Kirchner
Apparently a court has ruled you are the legal father despite your statement that you are not the biological father. That means child support continues until the child is 19, or completes high school, whichever is later. If you were in arrears in paying child support that was due before age 19, that can be collected for as long as it takes to pay off everything you failed to pay.
Answer Applies to: Colorado
Replied: 9/1/2011
The Coyle Law Office
The Coyle Law Office | T. Andrew Coyle
You should look at whatever order states you have to pay support as that usually provides when support is to end. Generally, upon the child reaching age 18, support obligations cease.
Answer Applies to: Illinois
Replied: 9/1/2011
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni
    Law Office of Michael W. Bugni | Jay W. Neff
    When someone is ordered to pay child support, any unpaid child support becomes a judgment. A judgment for child support can be collected for up to ten years after the child turns age 18. So, if there is a valid order for support and unpaid arrears, they may be trying to collect that money for some time to come.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/1/2011
    Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson
    Law Office of Michael E. Hendrickson | Michael E. Hendrickson
    Ask the judge of the appropriate court which you should/ve petitioned long ago to be relieved of this particular obligation.
    Answer Applies to: Virginia
    Replied: 9/1/2011
    Dunnings Law Firm
    Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
    If you are paying support based on a court order, the order should indicate when your obligation terminates.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/11/2013
    Law Offices of Paul A. Eads, A.P.C.
    Law Offices of Paul A. Eads, A.P.C. | Paul A. Eads
    Arrears mean that you missed payments that could have benefited child while child was a minor.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/1/2011
    Holmes Law Offices
    Holmes Law Offices | Martin M. Holmes
    In Michigan , a child born during a marriage, is the legal child of the husband, further a child support order cannot be modified retroactively. You can petition to modify the support order going forward. However you will be required to pay the accumulated arrearages until the amount of the arrearages are paid off. You may be able to work a compromise and settle the arrearages for less than the amount owed but that will take the agreement of the payee. I f the payee has been on state assistance, she will not be able to compromise the arrearages due to the state of Michigan.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/1/2011
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    If there was a child support order and you failed to pay that obligation, the arrears will be collected until paid in full.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 9/1/2011
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner
    Law Office of Roianne H. Conner | Roianne Houlton Conner
    I do not understand why you are paying child support if you are not the father. Child Support is no longer paid after the age of 19, but if there are arrearages to be paid those are paid until they are paid in full.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 9/1/2011
    The Law Office of Erin Farley
    The Law Office of Erin Farley | Erin Farley
    I do not have enough information to give you much of an answer. The answer hinges on the facts. It sounds like you either thought you were dad (in which case I hope you have developed a close and loving bond with this child); or, if you knew you were not dad, you did not act. If you can prove that mom intentionally defrauded the court about your paternity, then you have an action. But an action like that could also have devastating effects on this child. This is far too complicated an issue for me to give any decent advice - I urge you to speak to an attorney about your options and whether the matter is worth pursuing.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/1/2011
    Law Office of James Lentz
    Law Office of James Lentz | James Lentz
    Usually you pay support until the child is 18 and has graduated high school. God to CSEA in your county and ask a counsellor to end support if appropriate.
    Answer Applies to: Ohio
    Replied: 9/1/2011
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq.
    Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
    You can petition to terminate the current support order once the child is 18 and graduates high school and its arrears garnishment once all the arrears have been fully paid.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
    Replied: 9/1/2011
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn
    Law Office of L. Paul Zahn | Paul Zahn
    If you were found to be the father of this child, then you have to pay pursuant to the order. If you failed to pay during the minority of the child, then you are in arrears and must pay that off. If you didn't think you were the father, you should have challenged it when you first learned of this. It is likely too late now.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/1/2011
    Hugo Florido ESQ.
    Hugo Florido ESQ. | Hugo Florido
    You would need to file the appropriate motions with the court along with a DNA test proving you are not the biological father and the child support obligation would likely seize.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 9/1/2011
    ROWE LAW FIRM
    ROWE LAW FIRM | Jeffrey S. Wittenbrink
    You could have fought the original judgment based on the fact that you were not the biological father, as soon as you found out. If there is an arrearages judgment against you that you did not fight originally, you may be held liable until it is paid. If you only recently found out you were not the biological father, you may seek to have the judgment annulled for fraud or ill practices.
    Answer Applies to: Louisiana
    Replied: 8/31/2011
    Ashman Law Office
    Ashman Law Office | Glen Edward Ashman
    Because you failed, many years ago, to get a lawyer when all this first started and challenge paternity at the very beginning.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 8/31/2011
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