Currently in Thailand, child support is being awarded if a divorce occurs. The law includes uncertain relationships as well as those you may call “one night stands”. Foreigners that has been staying in Thailand regardless of their visa status and reason for staying, should be expecting a harsh implementation of the child support law because, for a fact, foreigners are earning much more than the average Thai person with a child support order. Speak to a Thailand lawyer for more information.
Child Support in Thailand
Under the current provision of Thailand, a person being owed child support can file a complaint with the local police, and the person who owes child support will definitely find himself answering to that complaint.
If you impregnate someone in Thailand, and decide to flee to your home country, you are still not going to avoid the responsibilities in taking care of the child that you have left behind. Many fathers have been pursued successfully for child support in their home countries, which are then sent back to the home country of the mother and the child.
The process starts from a public child support office, or a private company which will file legal action in the home country of the person who abandoned child support, asking for a decree or judgement of paternity. The person will then be brought to court, on which most of them demand for a DNA test, which will not be paid before the results come back showing conclusive probability of being the father. Once the DNA tests are made, the next court hearing will be establishing a child support award. The child support will be set according to the guidelines of the person’s home country. Thailand’s economic status will not be a factor for the decision. The only thing being considered is how much money the mother makes and takes every month, which will then be converted to your country’s currency.
If you think you can reduce the cost of child support by going in and seeing the child or bringing the child to your country, then you’re probably wrong. The courts in your home country have no authority to order the mother to provide access to visitation of the child, and the courts does not have jurisdiction over the mother and the child. These issues can only be pursued in Thai courts if one wants to gain visitation rights or custody rights over the child.