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Old 10-21-2013, 09:42 AM
 
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Hello,

i currently reside in Oklahoma and i have a friend who is an international student. However, he has a child here in the United States and will be returning to his country before the end of the year. Since the birth of the child, he has taken care of the child to the best of his abilities. However, recently, the mother is beginning to pose problems and her main despair is about her and not the child. He has made known his intentions and is ready to take care of his child no matter what. However, the mother is beginning to act as though there is no father and only needing him when something is needed for the child. What are the repercussions of him being an international student and the fact that he is leaving the country soon but has however reiterated that he will take care of the child? Also, if the woman had to file for child support, will the case be valid? How about child care?
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:47 AM
 
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Your friend needs to see a lawyer.
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:36 PM
 
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If the mother files for support, it will be valid anywhere in the US. It doesn't matter that he's an international student. The US has agreements with some foreign countries to enforce and collect child support between them.
Foreign Reciprocating Countries | Office of Child Support Enforcement | Administration for Children and Families. If he's a resident of one of those countries, it's probably going to be enforced similarly to how it would be in the US (wage garnishment). If for some reason he neglects to pay and returns to the US, he could be arrested on the spot for failure to pay support.

To be honest, it doesn't matter that he's saying he'll support his child. The child support agency will probably treat him like a criminal anyways. Sad to say, but they tend to act the same towards those who want to do right as they do deadbeats. I predict some added hostility with him getting ready to leave the country.

I'd suggest that he try to set up something amicably with the mother ahead of time and put everything in writing. If that doesn't work, he should hire a lawyer immediately.
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