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Michigan man has to pay $30,000 for another man's child

A man in Detroit, Michigan, is facing a very tough situation, as he has been told he owes $30,000 in child support payments. The catch, though, is that the child is not his. However, despite this, the state does not want to forgive him of the debt.

The child in question was born all the way back in 1987, so the man has owed this money for nearly three decades. Paternity tests have shown that he is not the father, and the woman's testimony seems to back that up. She has said that the only way for her to get herself and her children into the welfare system was to write down that he was the father.

She did not say why she thought this was the only option that she had. She did, however, say that it was her own fault. She did not want him to have to pay.

The man himself did not even know what had happened for about four years. He had been in prison, so the summons that would have alerted him back in 1987 did not get through. Then, in 1991, a police officer made a traffic stop and ran his information.

That officer then told him that he was a deadbeat dad, and the man was shocked.

Some things have gone the man's way. He originally had close to $70,000 in owed money, but a judge decided to strike out what he owed the woman. However, that same judge still said that he had to pay the state around $30,000.

While situations like this are not common, they do show how complex the world of child support can be. People need to make sure that they understand all of their rights.

Source: New York Daily News, "Detroit man owes $30,000 in support for child he did not father" Nicole Hensley, Oct. 29, 2014

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