Parents' & Grandparents' Rights
The expense of raising a child should be shared between both the mother and father, even if it is a teenage pregnancy. Some grandparents skip this step because they don’t want an ongoing relationship with the young man who got their daughter pregnant. It’s also possible that they don’t want their daughter to continue a relationship with him either.
However, even if his parenting rights are limited and they have no plans to marry, the father of the child has a legal responsibility to pay child support. Oftentimes, arrangements can be made between the parents of minor children by following the child support guidelines within the Colorado family law. The Colorado Springs lawyers at the Marrison Family Law LLC can offer a free consultation to help you get started.
But what if he cannot afford child support?
With teenage parents, this reaction is all too common, especially when they see the amount of money they’re expected to pay. But the truth is, if a teenage girl’s parents are supporting the child, they are doing more than just spending money on diapers and formula; they may be foregoing income from a job or delaying retirement. Many people’s lives may need to be disrupted in order to raise a child from an unexpected pregnancy, and that may include the family of the teenage dad.
Child support is not just for parents who get divorced; it is also for parents who never got married in the first place. A mother’s relationship with the child’s father is irrelevant to the fact that a child was born who needs adequate financial support. If you want the dad to assume this responsibility, your lawyer will recommend you consider a paternity test that legally ties the father to the child, but there are some downsides to doing this. For example, if you don’t trust that the father will act in the best interests of the child, you won’t want to give him the right to do so. However, if he willingly accepts the paternity action, the court will grant him the same rights as a biological parent.
As you can see, there is much to be learned about Colorado family law. Call a Colorado Springs lawyer from the Marrison Family Law LLC and ask for a free consultation.