The purpose of child support is to make sure that children are taken
care of and that their financial needs are met when their parents split
up. While child support is often contentious, most parents do have the
desire to ensure that their kids are taken care of after they divorce,
or separate if they are not married. While many parents in Grand Rapids
meet their financial obligations when it comes to child support, there
are some who do whatever it takes to avoid payment. However, every
situation is unique and things are not always black and white when it
comes to child support.
Most people have heard of some unusual
child support situations before, but a Michigan man is wrapped up in
what could be one of the strangest cases of all time. According to
reports, the man was recently order to pay thirty thousand dollars in
child support for a child that isn’t his. The man reportedly found out
about the money he owed back in the early 90’s when he was pulled over
for a routine stop. The officer informed him that he was behind in his child support payments. Because he had no children, the man had no idea what the officer was referring to.
turned out that a former girlfriend had named the man as the father of
her child so she could collect welfare payments for her and her child.
However, despite the fact that the mother lied and that he is not the
father, a judge recently ruled that he still needed to pay for the
missing child support. The judge was upset that the man took more than
20 years to try to remedy the problem, and claimed his opportunity to
appeal the issue had long since passed.
However, he claims that he
did attempt to resolve the issue several times but that that he could
not locate the mother and that the court gave him inaccurate
information. Despite what the law states, the man argues that common
sense says he should not be responsible to pay the money because both
the child’s mother and the process server lied about him being the
This is obviously an unusual case, but there are many
other child support issues that can happen to just about anyone in Grand
Rapids. If you are dealing with any kind of child support
issues that you need assistance with, then please contact the Van Den
Heuvel Law Office as soon as you can. We can help whether you need
assistance with collecting payments or you are being forced to pay more
than you can afford. Please click here to contact us online or give us a call at 616-698-0000.