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When an underage boy gets an underage girl pregnant, the first question after “How did this happen?” is often “Who is going to help to support the baby?” Soon to be grandparents want to know if the father, or the father’s parents will be legally responsible for helping to support the new baby that will soon be arriving, or has already arrived into the family.
The first thing that needs to be done is a paternity test, to make sure that the alleged father is truly the father of the baby. Once that test has been completed and the father has been named beyond doubt, the mother of the baby needs to file for child support.
The court may not award much child support, due to a teenagers limited ability to pay, however the father is not going to walk away scot free simply because he is underage. Once you are man enough to practice making babies, you are man enough to financially support them. The amount of child support will be calculated based on the incomes of the teenagers' families, as well as the teens' individual earning potential.
Some parents may choose to make their teen son take on a job to pay the child support, while others may allow the teen to continue to focus on school and pay the child support for him. As long as the mother of the baby is receiving child support payments, she should not be concerned whether the money is coming directly from the father, or from his parents. Don't get caught up in needless baby mama drama!
It is important to keep in mind that child support and visitation are two separate issues, and that a child should never be withheld or used as leverage to obtain child support payments. The young parents may need counseling to learn how to co-parent their new child together even if they are no longer a couple, so that their child can have a healthy and strong attachment to both of his/her parents.
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