Texas residents who have experienced paternity issues may be interested in a story recently reported by a Detroit TV station. The story is about a man who has to pay over $30,000 in child support. The man’s problems started when an ex designated him as her child’s father when she filed for welfare benefits. It was in the early 1900s that the man first became aware of having been named the child’s father.
Due to the man’s circumstances, he was unable to get the matter properly cleared up in court and his child support bills mounted. He also had trouble locating the ex to obtain a DNA test. Finally, in 2013 he was able to secure proof that he was not the father.
And while you might expect this would clear the matter up, the judge hearing the case had a different opinion. The judge ruled that the man should have filed the proper motions years ago. As a result the man is being held accountable for the payments.
Even though this story took place in a state other than Texas, there several important points that deserve consideration by men who are accused of fathering children that they don’t believe are theirs. First, it is helpful to gather evidence, including relevant documentation, to prove your side. Secondly, you will want to make sure that you respond to any court orders promptly and correctly.
And finally, understand that your paternity case may not be as cut and dried as you presume. Ultimately, a judge could find you responsible for payments, even if you believe such a ruling is unfair or even nonsensical.
This is why when faced with the prospect of having to make support payments for a child who you believe is not yours, having the representation of a family law attorney may prove advantageous. The attorney may be able to help you follow the proper legal procedures to better ensure your best possible outcome.
Source: WXYZ Channel 7, Judge says man must pay $30K in child support for kid who is not his,” Kim Russell, Feb. 19, 2015