A: Not once they reproduce. The old days were simpler: if you play, you pay.
In a recent, controversial lawsuit, Matt Dubay, a 25-year-old computer programmer, challenges a court order directing him to pay $500 per month in child support.
Dubay alleges that when he engaged in sexual relations with his girlfriend, he was relying on her assurances that, due to a medical condition, she was unable to get pregnant, and that, in any case, she was using some form of contraception to be absolutely safe. He also alleged that he clearly informed her that he was not interested in becoming a parent at that point in time.
However, just three months into their relationship, she conceived a daughter – to whom she ultimately gave birth. Dubay now would like to disclaim any paternal responsibility toward the child – and asks the court to strike down the child support order as unconstitutional.
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