You are on a dating site, you click, swipe, meet…..and 9 months later you are a parent; but there was never a relationship. The question is, legally speaking, what happens if a casual relationship leads to pregnancy?
The length of the relationship does not matter. The fact the pregnancy was unplanned does not matter. Child support obligations start the day the child is born. Legally, parents are responsible for financially supporting their dependent children. Dependent usually means until the child turns 18 and sometimes longer. A parent can be a birth parent, a non-birth parent, an adoptive parent, and sometimes a step-parent.
The amount of child support paid is usually based on the Child Support Guidelines. The Child Support Guidelines have a Child Support Table for each province and territory. The Table shows the basic monthly amounts of child support to cover expenses like clothes, food, and school supplies. This amount is based on the gross annual income of the paying parent and the number of children the support is for.
If a paternity test shows that the person being asked for child support is not the biological father and has not assumed the role of the parent, then child support obligations will not kick in.
Parenting rights do not change if the child was conceived through a casual, short-term relationship. Parenting rights include the right to visit and be visited by your child, to request information about your child’s health, education, upbringing and general well-being. If a father wants to foster a relationship with the child, then the mother should encourage it because it is the child’s right to have a relationship with BOTH parents.
Getting appropriate legal advice goes a long way to guide you in developing meaningful parenting time and receiving child support. So, whether you dated for a few months or had a casual relationship, parenting obligations do not change. Contact me at 647.428.3919 to learn how I can assist you and protect your rights.