I have a friend who lives in British Columbia. He was married for about 4 years to woman who had a child from a previous relationship. The child was 3 years old when they first met 6 years ago. This child's biological father is making child support payments to the mother. My friend and his partner are divorcing, and he would like to maintain a relationship with the child. His ex-partner is demanding child support payments from him. What does the law state about obligations to pay child support for children who are already receiving support payments from his/her biological parent and and for whom you are not a biological parent? Are child support payments voluntary or mandatory in this case?
Answer by Robert J. Klassen
British Columbia lawyer
Posted over 9 years ago
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