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Does a stepfather have to pay child support for their stepchildren?

English project where we need to know the law for this certain issue. Can you please help?

Answer By Riana Durrett

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Under certain circumstances, yes, a stepfather could be ordered to pay child support. Under Nevada Revised Statute 126.051, a man who is not the biological father can be presumed to be the legal father if "While the child is under the age of majority, he receives the child into his home and openly holds out the child as his natural child."

Answer Applies to: Nevada
Replied: 11/24/2012


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A step parent only has an obligation to support step children if residing with him/her and may be in need of public assistance.

Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 11/22/2012

Rebecca Rainwater
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No. There is no duty for a non parent to support someone else's children. A step parent can be ordered to pay support if they legally adopt the children.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/20/2012

Answer By John Russo

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You are cheating if this is a school project, do the research.

Answer Applies to: Rhode Island
Replied: 11/20/2012

Answer By James T. Weiner
James T. Weiner & Associates, P.C.
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No.

Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 11/20/2012

Answer By Paul Zahn
Law Office of L. Paul Zahn
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No.

Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 11/20/2012

Answer By Joanna Mitchell
Joanna Mitchell & Associates, P.A.
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No. The stepfather has no legal obligation to pay child support for his step children unless he legally adopts them.

Answer Applies to: Florida
Replied: 11/20/2012

Lombardi Law LLC
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In Alaska unless the stepfather has signed the birth certificate he will not have to pay child support. The other way he can make sure he does not have to pay child support is to get a DNA test. Remember the child support agency is to assist people in getting monies for their children. Child support is not ordered unless a mother or father asks for the assistance of child support. The other way child support can be ordered is if the court orders it. But usually the court would not order a stepparent to pay child support. I hope that this helps you with your project.

Answer Applies to: Alaska
Replied: 11/20/2012

Answer By Victor Varga

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Not sure what you mean by English project. In Maryland, generally no, stepparents are not obligated for child support unless he/she adopted the children, then yes.

Answer Applies to: Maryland
Replied: 11/20/2012

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