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No maternity clothes for you!

January 5th, 2015 by Katherine Frye

As I was reading the 2014 round-up of cases in Lawyers Weekly, I found an interesting one out of Mecklenburg county that I had forgotten about. A nifty trial attorney successfully argued that dad should be responsible for the costs associated with setting up a nursery and maternity clothes; however, the NC Court of Appeals, said no (insert a sad face here for all of those ladies who spent a good deal on maternity clothes like me).

A parent’s obligation to support a child does NOT arise until a child is in existence, which is defined as being born. The NC law does allow for recovery of pre-birth medical expenses.

There are so many expenses that are incurred prior to birth, but the message seems to be that these expenses are optional. If you are in a situation where you and the child’s father are separated, understand that the law of what you can be reimbursed for is different if the child is not yet born.

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