I just rec'd a letter from state Department of Juvenile Justice saying parents are required to pay child support while kids are turned over to them. I wonder if they base this on my income or if they have a set amount that has to be paid no matter what. Also, they said they expect it to be paid by both parents- I wonder how that works if paternity was not established. They have difficult child's father's name, but I never went after him and had blood tests taken. His name isn't on the birth certificate because in the state where difficult child was born, if the father doesn't show up at the hospital to claim the child and the mother isn't married, they only wrote the mother's name down- no matter what. If paternity is proven in the future, maybe they go back and change the birth certificate, I don't know. I was told though that if difficult child was ever turned over to dss, they would run newspaper ads for difficult child's father, even under these circumstances. He would have ignored them- otherwise he would have been hit with child support then. Of course, if they find him and he claims that he isn't the father, I think he has to take a blood test and then that proves he is. There is no question that he is- there was no way anyone else could have been.