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No you cannot. Once the child has your name on the birth certificate you would be deemed to be the dad. It means therefore that once the child is born she may legally request for you to assist with maintenance payments. So while you may decide that you do not want to have a bond with the child, you will not be absolve from financial liability with respect to the child.
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If you are not named on the birth certificate then you would not be considered the father in law and she could not pursue you for financial support automatically. She would first have to go to court to have an order that you are the father and once that is so then she could pursue you for financial support. So, in effect you can't contract out of financially taking care of a child.