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Not His Kid, But Paying Child Support Anyway
Geoffrey Fisher had been paying child support for a child who wasn't his. He only found this out when the kid went into foster care and he tried to get custody and had a paternity test for that purpose, says an AP story. A judge ruled that the child isn't his, but that hasn't stopped the state from going after Fisher for child support payments -- revoking his driver's license and coming after him for thousands he "owes" in back payments:

Fisher, 35, said he's flabbergasted the state sent him a letter this month seeking $11,450 in child support, even though officials know that DNA tests have proven he isn't the father of the child in question.

The state's action "is crazy," said Fisher, of Auburn. "A man doesn't have much power in a situation like this."

Fisher's attorney, James Howaniec, said he and Fisher thought the matter was resolved in January 2002, when a judge ruled Fisher no longer had to pay support.

"It's ridiculous that the state is going after men proved not to be the fathers of particular children," Howaniec said.

...But earlier this month, the Maine attorney general's office wrote a letter to Howaniec saying Fisher owed support payments for the time from the child's birth until she reached 3 years old, when tests proved Fisher was not the father.

State officials said that Fisher's problems have resurfaced because he failed to file a court motion three years ago that would have relieved him or any financial responsibilities for the child.

Because of that, Fisher is regarded as the legal father and responsible for child support, said Michael Norton, spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services.

I'm sorry, but why is the burden of proof still on this man? I don't care if he used the court papers to clean the windows. He isn't the father and he shouldn't be paying. At all. Period. Where are all those feminists looking for fairness and equality? (Probably out protesting municipalities that want to spruce up ugly traffic circles with a classic nude sculpture of a woman!)

Posted by aalkon at April 25, 2005 8:40 AM

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