Paying child support after a one-night stand?

published by: Fabrizia de Wit-Facchetti posted on April 11, 2018 reading time

Recently, the courts have confirmed it once again: if a child is born from a one-night stand, the father of the child must still pay child support.

If a child is born outside marriage or registered partnership, both parents are obliged by law to pay maintenance. Both parents have to contribute to the costs of the child. If the child lives with the mother, the father will have to pay the mother child support.

This obligation also applies if the father-in-law has not recognised the child as his own child in the municipality or if the father-in-law does not have parental authority over the child. Even if the parents have never lived together, the choice for the child was not 'conscious', they have not had a relationship with each other and the father has never had contact with the child. Even if the father wants nothing to do with the child, there is a legal obligation to pay child support.

The amount of child support depends on the income of both parents. Therefore, the wealth of the child's father is also relevant, even if he has never been involved in the child's upbringing and care.

The obligation to pay child support lasts in principle until the child reaches the age of 21.

Do you have to pay child support or do you wish to receive it correctly (for your child)? Please contact Fabrizia de Wit-Facchetti.