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If My Child Is Adopted, Do I Still Have to Pay Child Support?
It is a common and valid question for many prospective birth parents: If you give your baby up for adoption, do you still have to pay child support? Of the many reasons parents may choose adoption for their baby, financial pressure is near the top of the list. Raising a child from birth to 18 is more expensive than ever. The ability to provide a stable living situation for a child can have a significant impact on their development. Adoption is a way to give the child an opportunity to grow up in a loving, stable household while also relieving the unbearable financial pressure the birth parents are facing. It makes sense, then, that any prospective birth parent would ask about adoption and child support. In fact, this is a common question among birth fathers, no matter how old the child being placed for adoption is. If you’re in this kind of situation, you may be worried about a few big questions:
- If the birth mother puts a child up for adoption, does the birth father have to pay any money?
- If you give up a child for adoption, do you still have to pay child support to their new parents?
- When giving up a child for adoption, can they still come after you for child support you owe?
Responsibilities of Birth Parents after AdoptionProspective birth fathers aren’t the only ones who ask about child support in the adoption process. Many prospective birth mothers ask us about this topic, too, with questions such as:
- If the birth mother puts a child up for adoption, does the birth father have to pay any money to support her?
- Does a mother who puts her child up for adoption still have to pay child support?
- If you put a child up for adoption, does the dad still have to pay child support?