You have probably heard the saying that life sometimes does not go as planned. Well as many young adults have found, sometimes life comes without a plan-especially when sex is involved. The costs associated with child support can be astronomical.
As a family law attorney, I occasionally encounter child custody cases in which paternity is a crucial issue. In Pennsylvania, paternity is defined as the state or quality of being a father. If a mother, potential father, or child wishes to have a paternity test conducted, he or she may petition the Court to have the test administered. Traditionally, a simple cotton swab test is conducted and DNA is taken from both father and child.
So you just found out that you have a child you did not know anything about! She's 5 years old, you have never seen her, but the lady you slept with 5 years and 9 months ago says "she's yours". She goes on to tell you that she's married, has been for almost 5 years and her present husband has treated the child "like his own". But, now she wants you to pay child support because she figures you make more than her husband.