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Father makes discovery after paying child support

Most Pennsylvania non-custodial parents follow through on the responsibility of financially providing for their children because they realize the importance of doing so. The custodial parent is obligated to take that child support and use it for food, medical and other needs required by the child. One man discovered some disturbing news after paying nearly $100,000 in child support.

The man, a U.S. Marine, was ordered by the officials of the county in which he once lived to pay child support to a woman to whom he had been married. She had a baby and had told the man the child was his. Although a report on the story did not mention at whose request, the woman was notified she was to bring the child to county officials for DNA testing. When the mother did not bring the child with her, her ex-husband found out that she had gone to another state, filed for and received support payments from another man, claiming him to be the father of her child.

Officials say their investigation into the matter took over a year, as another state was involved. It did reveal the woman filed for financial support under at least two names. She has been arrested but released and plans to hire an attorney for representation. The Marine eventually found that he was not the father of the woman’s child.

Numerous problems can arise when child support guidelines between parents are not clear. Many times, the challenges can be settled by effective communication by both parties. When circumstances hinder productive discussions, an attorney who has a thorough knowledge of the laws in Pennsylvania can help generate a successful interaction.

Source: jdnews.com, “Maryland woman accused of lying about paternity to collect child support“, Sarah Hauck, Feb. 17, 2017


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