In Utah, where I practice family law, there are no laws governing an unmarried father’s obligations to a child born out of wedlock. So regardless of whether the father has a new girlfriend, there is nothing to force the father to support the child financially without first either filing for an administrative order of child support through the Office of Recovery Services or through the district court.
If the mother wants/needs the father to provide financial support for the child he fathered, and if the father is not providing financial support in the amounts and at the times he should, the mother needs to file either for an administrative order of child support through the Office of Recovery Services or for an order through the district court. Once she obtains the order, she can then garnish the father’s wages and intercept tax refunds to collect child support. She can also require that the father share half of the child’s medical/health care insurance and uninsured health care expenses.
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