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Category: Family Law
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Experience:  Family Law - Specialist in Divorce, Financial Relief and Children Matters
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Recently became pregnant with a guy who won't accept any responsibility

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Recently became pregnant with a guy who won't accept any responsibility he is the father. If I decide to keep the baby how do I get child matainence from him and get him to take a DNA test to prove he is?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Harris replied 1 year ago.
Hi, thanks for your question.
In relation to child maintenance, once the baby is born you can make an application for child maintenance directly to the Child Maintenance Service - http://www.cmoptions.org/ or by phone on 0800(###) ###-####Once the application has been submtited they will contact the father to obtain information regarding his finances and they will calculate his liability for child maintenance based on his gross income.
In relation to paternity testing you can find information to apply for this here: https://www.gov.uk/dna-testing-parentage-disagreements, however you would obviously need the father to consent to undertake this testing.
Please let me know if you have any further questions regarding this.
Expert:  Harris replied 1 year ago.
Also, just to follow up on my response you need to submit the following application for declaration of parentage to your local family court: http://hmctsformfinder.justice.gov.uk/HMCTS/GetForm.do?court_forms_id=2631 Together with a £365 court fee.
However, if he is found not to be the father then he will not have to pay child maintenance.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you
Expert:  Harris replied 1 year ago.
Hope it goes well - please do come back if you have further questions in the future, you can ask for me directly by starting your question For Harris
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Expert:  Harris replied 1 year ago.
Hi, this question remains open. Please rate my response positively if you found it helpful - I will not be credited for answering this question without a positive rating. Thank you!