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A unmarried couple find out they are pregnant - now 11

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a young unmarried couple find out they are pregnant - now 11 weeks. (unplanned and in spite of using contraception). He (a student with no earnings) does not want to have a child at this time and they have arranged an appointment to discuss abortion. She may want to keep it and choose not to abort.
What a the father's legal and financial obligations for the future?
It could be assumed that they would not stay together if the pregnancy were to continue.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  F E Smith replied 10 months ago.

Whether the couple stay together or not or whether they choose together to keep the baby or not or whether the mother-to-be decides to keep the child or not which is ultimately her decision, if a child is produced from the relationship, regardless of the circumstances here, and even if the father didn’t want the child but the mother-to-be nonetheless decided to keep it, then the man has all the financial obligations he would have had if it was a joint decision.

If he doesn’t want to have anything to do with the child, he doesn’t have to do but that does not preclude him from having to pay child maintenance at Child Maintenance Service rates.

Here is the booklet on how child maintenance obligations are calculated:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/325219/how-we-work-out-child-maintenance.pdf

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