First... Let me start by saying this is completely hypothetical. My daughters are five and one so if they were pregnant... Somebody would be in a grave.
But lets fast forward ten years to my oldest daughter being 15 and pregnant. (Yes, I know, my future self has failed as a mom.) Now that your judgement is out of the way...
What are MY options? Not my daughters options- she is free to choose, abortion, adoption or for the sake of this post- she is keeping her baby. Now that she's told my husband and I she is keeping her baby, what are our options?
I know, rewind and chastity belt... but those are not options... because that is not an option to those moms who are in this situation.
I've read that if you kick your child out you are required to pay child support on them if they need government assistance and lets face it, they would... So for the sake of this post, I'm cheap and she's staying with me. Someone posted an article today saying I could be forced to pay half of the birthing costs and still let her use her car and cell phone. (In fairness, I do not know who owned the car or phone in the article posted so she may have legal right to the car.)
Do parents actually have options? Are you required by law to support your child and by extension your grandchild somewhat financially? This would include shelter, food for them, etc. What if I don't want to babysit for my grandchild so my kid can work? (I'm guessing we would earn too much to allow my child to qualify for assistance) Now my child can't pay for diapers or formula (silly girl chose not to breastfeed)... What happens then? Am I responsible for diapers and formula?
These are honest questions, there is no doubt in my mind being a teen mom is hard work and they need support from their family members! I think families who help their kids are amazing and wonderful but I don't see myself wanting a crying baby in the house at night.
What if I don't have intentions of supporting my kid anyway other than emotionally? What happens?