The family law process is designed to help families through the child support process and to address child support concerns. A man is being required by Michigan authorities to pay $30,000 in back child support for a child the man claims is not his and argues that a DNA test and his former girlfriend, the child’s mother, agrees with him. The man argues that a DNA test years following the child’s 1987 birth established that he is not the child’s father. The child support and paternity case began in the 1980s when the former girlfriend provided the man’s name to a case worker to receive help for the baby. The former girlfriend noted that the amount the state is seeking from the man for back child support has been reduced by half.
Michigan authorities have threatened to send the man to jail if he fails to pay the back child support. According to the man, he first became aware that back child support was being sought from him during a traffic stop that revealed there was a warrant out for his arrest related to the child support case. Child support situations can, at times, be complex but a failure to address outstanding child support issues of any nature can result in serious consequences and penalties.
Because child support enforcement consequences can be serious, and include wage garnishment and income withholding; tax refund interception; the placement of liens on property; occupational license suspension; and jail time, it is important to promptly resolve outstanding child support issues. The family law system serves to facilitate the resolution of child support issues and disputes and can help with a variety of child support concerns parents and other individuals involved in child support issues may have.
When approaching child support issues, it can be helpful to have a knowledge and understanding of the family law process and how it works. An informed understanding may reduce anxiety and lead to better outcomes for parents involved in child support issues.
Source: Detroit.CBSlocal.com, “Not The Father, But Court Holding Him Responsible For Child Support,” Oct. 28, 2014