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Implications of Paternity Established as an Adult

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What are the legal implications or risks for a man (living in Michigan) who agrees to establish paternity for a person who is already an adult (35 years old, living in Texas)?  For example, can he be sued for any type of back support even though he was unaware of the child?

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Well, it's a truism that anybody can sue anybody else for just about anything, but a suit for retroactive child support for an adult "child" when there has never been a support action filed while the child was a minor, will have no standing and will be dismissed.

 

There may be any number of social and/or moral implications associated with establishment of paternity for an adult, but the only legal implication I can think of is the right to inherit in case the parent (or the child, if the child has no heirs) dies intestate -- that is, without a will.  If you are asking whether the parent or child can be obligated to provide physical, moral or financial assistance, such as by helping with medical problems or educational assistance or by discharging debts, the answer is no, absent a valid contract which establishes that obligation independently.  Consult local counsel.

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Child support cannot legally be ordered for a "child" who is nearly twice the age of majority.  Of course, if support was ordered when the "child" was under the age of majority, the support obligation remains enforceable.

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Child support is payable to the child's parent, not the child.  Any action to recover for retroactive child support would have to be taken by the custodial parent.  Since the child was obviously not in the custody of the siblings parent there could be no action.

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