- Biological parents (whether married or not),
- Adoptive parents,
- Then (failing parents able to provide support in part or in full) grandparents – both maternal and paternal, regardless of whether or not the parents were married,
- Failing them, great-grandparents,
- Failing them, siblings.
Note that step-parents have only a limited duty of support in “narrowly defined circumstances”, whilst other relatives (such as aunts and uncles) have no legal duty of support at all.Granny and Grandpa – beware!
Your retirement funding is in for a serious knock if, say, your son divorces or fathers a child out of wedlock (or is alleged to have done so) and can’t make regular child maintenance payments. And if that happens to you, you are in for a long-term obligation at precisely the wrong time of your life!
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