A girl gets pregnant and her father who lives with his wife and four children
tells his 18 year old daughter that there will not be enough room for
her and her child in his apartment and that she must live elsewhere. The
girl had previously had an abortion and her father thought that she needed
"tough love". The girl and her boyfriend were living in a shelter
with their two children. The girl was working at Macy's but not earning
enough to be self-supporting. She was receiving food stamps and social
services. The Department of Social Services sought an order of
child support to make her father pay to support her since he told her to leave the apartment.
The Family Court after review of the initial decision decided that the
father still had to support his daughter since he asked her to leave and
she otherwise was willing to stay and she was not self-supporting. The
father and his daughter still had an ongoing relationship even though
she was not residing with her father.
The bottom line is that if the County can find someone else to be responsible
and pay they will. Unless the child has refused to follow reasonable directions
in the parent's home or is self-supporting, married or in the military
the County will not want the taxpayer's to support under 21 child.