Do I have to pay child support even if we were not married?

Posted by William H. Sherman on Mar 01, 2017 | 0 Comments

Question:  I had a child with a lady and we're not married. We dated briefly, she got pregnant and now the baby's 5 months old. I want to know if I need to pay child support and how much I'll have to pay if I do.

The reason I think I might not need to pay child support is that I already buy stuff for the kid, things like diapers, some food and some clothes. It hasn't cost me all that much money, but I do it pretty much every month or so. I'm spending at least a few hundred bucks a month on my daughter.

My ex-girlfriend says I should pay more because her expenses are way more than what I give her and that, since I'm a doctor, I should give her more money for the kid. I admit I can afford more, but I don't want her using the money for drugs or booze or anything stupid.

We only dated for like three weeks and then she told me she was pregnant. I think she got pregnant because I'm a chiropractor and all women want to date doctors. We met at a bar in Sandy Springs and it was a happy hour and we started to talk. She said she was unemployed and getting out of a lesbian relationship that went bad, and I said I was a chiropractor with an anxiety disorder and a nice boat.

We hit it off and I spent some money on her. We did some nice and pricey dinners and we went to two movies. I paid for everything.

She said she was on the pill and I believed her. Then, over dinner at a steakhouse in Atlanta, she said she was pregnant. When I asked her how it happened because she's on the pill, she said that she may have forgotten to take birth control for a few days.

I want to know if I legally have to pay her child support even though we're not married and, if I do, how much I have to pay her.

K.N. in Sandy Springs, GA

Answer:  It does not matter that you were not married to the woman; you still have to pay child support for your child under Georgia law. It also does not matter that your relationship was very brief. The length of a relationship is not relevant. If you are the father of a child, you have to pay child support.

To determine your child support obligation, we would need to complete the “child support worksheet.” The child support worksheet, which is created by the Georgia Child Support Commission, incorporates the guidelines used to determine child support in Georgia.

The guidelines involve issues like gross income, the cost of children's health insurance, childcare expenses and extracurricular activities, among others. You certainly need a Georgia child support lawyer who works with these guidelines regularly to help determine what your obligation could be.  

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