California residents may be interested in learning about a Michigan case involving a divorced father of two. According to the report, the man found out from his two sons that his wife, from whom he had recently separated, had had a child with another man. The father of the boys expressed surprise when he received a notice in the mail that ordered him to pay retroactive child support and medical expenses totaling $8,500 for a child that did not belong to him.
The man consulted a local television station, which did some investigative reporting and found out that the request for child support and medical expenses was legal. A 1956 law states that if a woman has a child with a man while she is still married to her husband, the man to whom she is married can be responsible for supporting the other man’s child. The law states that the burden of support falls upon the man financially better able to support the child.
The law also hurts biological fathers who wish to develop relationships with their children and support them financially. One father was excited to be having a child with his girlfriend and was going to propose. Upon the bit of the child, he discovered that she was married. The law allowed for him to be completely cut off from his child.
Child support often involves monthly payments, which may include medical, cost of living and other expenses. Those who have questions regarding child support or are interested in drawing up a child support agreement might benefit from contacting a divorce attorney. Such an attorney could offer advice regarding California child support and custody laws.
Source: Huffington Post, “Child Support Law Requires Man To Pay For Another Man’s Child“, July 29, 2013