Man Refuses To Pay Child Support, Says Child Is Not His
There are many different types of parents in Louisiana. While some are the coaches of their children’s sports teams, others may not be quite so involved. Regardless, millions of parents in the country strive to provide both financial and emotional support for their children. However, one out-of-state man vows that, despite threats from a family court, he will not provide child support for a child who DNA testing has proved is not his.
The man says that he was involved in a romantic relationship with the child’s mother at one point, but maintains that he is not the father of her child. The mother supports these claims. She says that when she requested welfare, she was told that she had to provide the name of the father, so she simply listed his name. As a result, the state started paternity proceedings against him.
In another twist, a process server claims that the man was served with papers regarding court proceedings, but the man denies these claims. In fact, records indicate that he was incarcerated at the time the papers were served and could not have received the papers. Despite the fact that a DNA test has shown that he is not the father, the court is still trying to force him to provide for the child. He turned himself in January, and the judge postponed the case for a month.
While most people in Louisiana agree that a parent should support his or her child, in this case, the out-of-state court is attempting to force to the man to pay child support for a child who is not his. The man in this case is arguing that laws need to be changed in order to protect other men who may find themselves erroneously named as fathers. While there are laws in place to preserve the best interests of a child, it is equally important that people are not imprisoned because of paperwork errors.
Source: wxyz.com, “Detroit man turns himself in after not paying child support for a child that is not his“, Kim Russell, Jan. 23, 2015