Early stages of proving paternity, any help or advice?
My partner has recently received contact from a lady who claims he is the father to her child. They met once on a very casual basis (prior to him meeting me) over 2 years ago and the child is roughly 16 months. She originally said there was a 50/50 change that my partner was the farther however, the other male in question has taken a DNA test and the results show that the other male is not the father. I think there’s a clear likeness of my partner in photos and I’m pretty sure it’s his. If the child is his, my partner is happy to financially support the child and is keen to see the child as much as possible. The news of the other child is a complete shock and my partner is frustrated that it’s taken over 2 years for the lady to get in touch. He feels that he’s missed the first 16 months of potentially his child’s life (the lady is refusing to give him any explanation as to why it’s taken so long to get in touch). I suggested that they both communicate via the CSM (as she was refusing to complete an at home DNA test and she was untruthful on a few occasions) They’re now going through the stages of arranging a DNA test to prove paternity. The issue is, the child lives 4 hours away (220 miles), does anyone has any experience in long distance parenting? Or has any custody of the child?
In terms of child maintenance, am I right in thinking that this will be a percentage of my partners income and my income won’t be taken into consideration?
All this chaos is of no fault to this poor child, my partner just wants to do what’s right and see/have him as much as he can.
Sorry if I’ve rambled, I’m currently 33 weeks pregnant and a natural worrier so any help or advice would be appreciated!
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