We note on a relevant page of our family law website at the Arkansas law firm of Robertson, Oswalt & Associates that every paternity-related matter “is unique.”
The following case demonstrably bears that out.
It involves a case in an adjoining state, namely Texas, where a man — a father raising multiple children — was summarily visited last year by a police officer with papers in hand.
Those documents bore bad and manifestly surprising news. As noted in a recent article chronicling the matter, they indicated that the man “owed a massive amount of unpaid [and paternity-related] child support.”
Specifically, $65,000, which traced back to support duties commencing with the birth of the man’s daughter in 2003.
There was a major problem with that, which was readily confirmed with the results of a paternity test the man promptly took.
He wasn’t the father.
Moreover, he states that he never received any notification regarding an order to pay.
Court documents reportedly “suggest, but don’t prove” that the man was served legal papers back in 2002, when his former girlfriend filed a paternity petition against him. His attorney flatly rejects any claim of service, countering that there were “issues” with the process and “anomalies with how [the] case was handled by the attorney general’s office.”
The aforementioned article notes that Texas law gives the man “few options to resolve the matter,” given the presumption of service and the fact that a potential father must pay support for a child until he proves he is not the father. Seemingly, the man must either pay up or start serving jail time, unless he can convince a court to re-open the case.
Paternity-related cases can be rife with complexity and emotion. An experienced family law attorney who routinely handles such matters can provide sound guidance and strong legal advocacy in a given case.