A Bronx, N.Y., girl’s reliance on her stepfather’s “parent-like” behavior precludes him from discontinuing financial support now that he is divorcing the girl’s mother, a judge has ruled.

“D.H. justifiably relied on [her stepfather's] parent-like actions, as evidenced by her calling him ‘daddy,’” Bronx Supreme Court Justice Ellen Gesmer held in D.M. v. C.M., 12617/04. “It would undoubtedly be to her detriment for [him] not to fulfill his promise.”

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