Potential fathers often ask about their rights and obligations. We have handled numerous clients who have questions about what they should expect should they have to deal with confirmed paternity.
In this article, we answer some of the common questions that individuals often have about being acknowledged as a father of a child. Let us begin.
If I am the father after confirmation, what can the mother do?
Generally, the mother of your child may ask for child support. If paternity is established, the father is legally required to provide child support. The father will get visitation rights and they can also seek custody of the child.
Once the paternity of the child is established, and you refuse to pay for child support, there are enforcement measures that the mother of your child can take.
There are a lot of ways that the State of Michigan can go after fathers who fail to give child support and you should make sure that you would not get any of the penalties. The State will help the mother of the child, through any means necessary.
What are the ways that the State will go after me if I fail to pay child support?
If you fail to pay child support, the State can go after you through your records. Since they have access to your records and government information, there is no workaround and you would have to do your best to pay child support as much as you can.
The State can obtain information from you through your social security number, your employment records, the DMC searches, as well as any other way available.
Once informed, the Court may garnish your property, get a portion of your wages, and even send you to jail if they find out that you are not paying child support.
What if I cannot afford to file a lawsuit for paternity?
In some instances, you may not be able to afford to file a lawsuit for paternity. Fees are required to bring a paternity suit and that can be costly. There is the cost of legal representation, which is the amount you pay for the lawyers to represent you. You also have to pay for the paternity tests as well as any other processes necessary.
In the State of Michigan, there are some instances where the father may sue for paternity at the expense of the State. If you want to know if you are eligible for help from the State, you can contact your local government.
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