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– from Lawrence U. in River Hills, WI

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My wife was pregnant while we were engaged. She had the child during our marriage. At the time, I believed I was the father. Now that we are having problems, I had a blood test done. It turns out that  I am not the father. We are about to begin divorce proceedings. My question is: will I still have to pay child support?

Family Law Attorney Response:

There are many factors that will come into play during the trial that will ultimately lead to the court's final decision. How you feel and what you are willing to do will also play an integral part of the child support hearing.

As for an example as to how the suit may play out we can look to a similar case. In A.M.N. v. A.J.N. 141 Wis. 2d 99, 414 N.W.2d 68 (Ct. App. 1987), a husband was also found not to be the father. The court found him not liable for child support. The wife appealed, and the court of appeals affirmed the decision. This is one decision the court could make, but remember, your case will be decided on the specific details of your situation.

I would suggest you seek the counsel of an experienced family attorney to discuss your circumstances in detail.

Dan Exner, J.D.

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