A Detroit area Man is facing incarceration for not paying his court-ordered child support.
For a child who isn’t his, according to a paternity test.
Because the Mother identified the Man as the child’s father on her application for public assistance.
The problem is that the DNA test was performed long after the Michigan family court entered its child support order – and beyond the time limit allowed by law.
But this wasn’t the all too commonplace case of an alleged father ignoring child support papers served on him.
No, this Man was actually incarcerated in Michigan at the time of the child support case brought by the Michigan child support agency.
And it appears that the Man was not properly served in the case. Even though the court was aware that the Man was incarcerated.
And the state did not provide the Man with a paternity test to potentially disprove that he was the father.
As required by Michigan law.
The Man is awaiting his day in court and hoping he will be released from his child support obligation.
Once a man is legally determined to be a child’s father, that father will generally be legally responsible for child support – even if a DNA test later conclusively establishes that he is not the father.