That’s a fact-sensitive question. We would like to say yes, but it’s not necessarily true. Who is a psychological parent of that child? Who else is able to support that child financially besides that particular father? Now, indeed if the dad loves all the children whether they’re his or not, unless he can bring someone else into the picture like the biological father, it’s difficult to say whether or not he would be relieved of child support duties in that particular case. There are instances where the biological father might step in and start to support that kid.
Rosalyn Charles is a family lawyer practicing in Newark, New Jersey.