My wife cheated and got pregnant. Am I responsible for supporting the child.

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My wife cheated and got pregnant. Am I responsible for supporting the child.

My wife cheated on me and is now pregnant. We
are separated and have filed for divorce. She
did not inform me that she was pregnant until
after the divorce papers were filed. Am I
responsible for supporting a child that isn’t
mine?

Asked on September 3, 2019 under Family Law, Tennessee

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

You are not responsible if:
1) You can prove the child is not yours, such as by DNA testing; and also
2) You do not accept or treat the child as yours, since if you are still married (and if your divorce is not done, you are) and treat your wife's child as yours (or acknowledge as yours, etc.), the law presumes it is yours and that are responsible for it.


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