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I am currently going through a divorce and want to know

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Hi, I am currently going through a divorce and want to know whether I have a financial responsibility for my step son. He is 16, I was married to the mother for 2.5 years and together for 9
JA: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any papers in family court?
Customer: I have filed for divorce. Unreasonable behaviour and false accusations
JA: Family Court normally sits in a local County and Magistrates' Court. Do you know the location of the court? If not, what county do you live in?
Customer: Uk
JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: My wife has been awarded temporary occupancy rates to the home

Hello thank you for your query. Did you legally adopt your step son?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
No
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
No need to call stay on line
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I live in wiltshire

Unless you have any parental responsibility for the child then you will not have financial responsibility for the child. The child's biological father will have the responsibility as he will (possibly) have parental rights. I hope this information helps you.

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R.

*parental responsibility is obtained by being the child's biological father and being either married or on the birth certificate.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
What does parental responsibility mean? He lived with me for 9 years but his mother took all decisions and I will not have a relationship with him going forward
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I was married to his mother for 2 years

As a step parent the only way you would obtain parental responsibility would be if you legally adopted the child. The amount of time you were with the child's mother is irrelevant. Ultimately the child is not yours and you did not adopt so you have no financial responsibility.

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