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I recently found out that my stepdaughter from a previous

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I recently found out that my stepdaughter from a previous relationship is actually my biological daughter. She is an adult and is threatening to take me to court for years of unpaid maintenance payments if I do not give her money. My ex partner received maintenance payments for my other child but as I was told she wasn't mine, so no maintenance plan was put in place my her mother.
Firstly can she sue for maintenance? And would her behaviour be seen as a form of 'blackmail'?

Hi, thank you for your question. Given that you were not aware of ypur paternity and that you had been informed she was your stepdaughter, as well as there being no formal child maintenance application against you, you would not be liable for any "unpaid" maintenance and her threats will not be fruitful as she has no claim against you - in any event if there were child maintenance arrears they would be claimable by the mother.

However, depending on her age and if she is at university she may be entitled to pursue an application for maintenance if she is unable to support herself in university.

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