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Does death of a parent end child support payments?

Following an unexpected death, the shock may make it difficult to process the changes that may result for surviving family members. In addition to settling the estate of a loved one and filing insurance claims, surviving family members often face the reality of surviving without a loved one's income contribution. The adjustment for some significant others and dependents can often be very difficult. Pennsylvania parents may be interested in one mother's suffering, following the sudden death of the alleged father of her child and whether or not his estate will continue child support payments. 

According to the mother, she and the deceased father gave birth to a daughter 18 years earlier while they were not married. Without the assistance of family law court, the parents worked out an agreement between the two of them. According to the mother, the father was faithful to provide child support payments and additional expenses when needed, and had agreed to assist with college expenses. Two years prior to his death, the father remarried.

The woman alleges that the new wife did not agree with the previous child support payment arrangement, especially when they had their own child. In an effort to make things official, the mother filed a paternity claim and requested that the father take a paternity test. The mother believed that the man took the test, but he was killed in an accident soon after. Soon after the father died, the man's wife filed a death certificate with the courts and requested that the other mother's paternity request be dismissed.

In this particular case, the father's death does not automatically mean a paternity claim can be dismissed, and his alleged older child may have the same rights to his estate as his other child. There are many child support cases as this woman's that are sensitive and emotional. A skilled Pennsylvania family law attorney is a valuable asset during confusing cases such as this one.

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