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Wrongly accused Texas man sought for child support payments

Monday, May 21, 2018

After being wrongfully accused and imprisoned for a series of rapes he did not commit, one Texas man has finally won his freedom. However, he is still plagued by legal troubles even outside the walls of the Texas prison where he spent the better part of two decades. His former wife is suing him for child support after he received a sizeable settlement from the federal government.

In 1982, the man was charged in connection with a series of sex-related crimes, of which he was found guilty. He spent the following 24 years in prison until he was exonerated by DNA evidence in 2009. Since then, he was awarded a settlement of over $2 million for his time spent wrongfully incarcerated. His ex-wife, who filed for divorce in 1992, is claiming she is entitled to a portion of that settlement in the form of child support for their only child, who she raised while his father was in prison.

A Texas court agreed with her last year and awarded her $150,000, but she has appealed that decision. Representation for the man has stated she is not entitled to a larger amount because the settlement does not represent lost wages, but rather was meant to approximate the wages he might have hoped to earn during his time in incarceration. The legal battle is being overseen in Texas court.

Child support is often a hot-button issue for divorcing couples. It is important for any Texas resident wishing to collect child support to be fully aware of his or her rights under state law. It is equally important for someone from whom child support is required to understand his or her rights and responsibilities as well.

Source: chron.com, "Exoneree faces ex-wife in compensation lawsuit," Brandi Grissom, June 20, 2013

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