Child Support Obligations

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Child Support Obligations

By

Kenneth Smith

Family Law

For

Ms. Pamela Katz

Yes, child support obligations should be based on the biological and legal relationship between an adult and a child. I believe that even when the biological father only has sexual intercourse with the child’s mother once and never had any relationship with the mother or child; the individual should have a moral and legal obligation to support the child. According to Blackstone, “The duty of parents to provide for the maintenance of their children is a principle of natural law; an obligation laid on them into the world; for they would be in the highest manner injurious to their issue, if they only gave their children life, that they might afterwards see them perish. By begetting them, therefore, they have entered into a voluntary obligation, to endeavor, as far as in them lies, that life which they have bestowed shall be supported and preserved. Thus the children will have a perfect right of receiving maintenance from their parents,
Blackstone, P.447.” By engaging in a sexual relationship parents make the voluntary decision to create a life. Therefore, they should be held accountable for the maintenance of that life. In my opinion it is immoral and unethical to have a child outside of a marriage.
However, if a person chooses to engage in sexual intercourse and as a result conceive a child, then they run the chance of having a kid and as such incur a responsibility towards that life. I believe that when an adult engages in sexual activity they also consents to the consequences that may follow. Furthermore, if a person has sexual intercourse and does not desire to assume the consequences of a possible child they should use protection in order to minimize their chances of conceiving a child. All man knows that…...

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