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Texas child support case brought against judge

Friday, September 22, 2017

Texas parents are aware of how difficult collecting child support can sometimes be. When this occurs, parents often use the legal system to pursue to seek child support to help take care of their children. However, in a recent case in a northern state, the person targeted in a lawsuit seeking child support is a judge known as a proponent for men stepping up to be responsible fathers.

A woman filed the lawsuit against the judge, claiming the two had been involved in an affair for a period of almost 20 years. She claims the affair ended just before the judge remarried. She is seeking several million dollars in her lawsuit and is requesting money for neglect and abandonment of her children, child support and a monetary settlement for each year she was involved in a relationship with him. In the legal filing, the woman claims the judge sought to keep their relationship a secret.

The woman also seeks to legally establish the paternity of the woman's children. As a response to the lawsuit, the judge claimed that he had both a professional relationship and a close friendship with the woman and that he previously acknowledged paternity of her children to allow them to receive health care benefits in Michigan, where the case is pending. The woman has criticized the man for his lack of support for her children while he sought to lecture others about the importance of fatherhood.

Child support can affect anyone in Texas and can sometimes result in legal troubles for those who do not pay it. If it is established that the judge is the biological father of the children, the man could very well be required to pay child support to the woman who filed the lawsuit. It remains to be seen how the numerous legal claims raised in the lawsuit will be resolved. People who are in a situation where they do not receive financial help from another parent may wish to know their legal rights in such a situation. Doing so may help parents receive the financial support they deserve from the other parent.

Source: MLive.com, "Paternity suit seeks $4 million from Genesee County judge known for scolding absent fathers," Ron Fonger, Sept. 21, 2012

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