Can a Minor Be Ordered to Pay Child Support?

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My ex-boyfriend is underage and still in high school. Can he still be ordered to pay child support?

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Under most state laws, even if the biological parent is a minor, he/she will likely still be required to pay child support. In order to receive a child support, your ex-boyfriend will be required to take a paternity test to determine if he is in fact the biological father. He may claim to be the father without such testing being administered.

Either way, if he is legally held to be the biological father of your child, you can go forward with requesting a child support order against him. The judge will consider several factors in determining the award of child support. You should consult with a local family law attorney about the possible options you may have regarding the matter.

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Author: House Attorney