Readers in Sarasota are likely aware that both parents are generally responsible for cost of living, everyday expenses and other costs that come along with raising a child. It may surprise many to learn, however, that there are cases when a person who is not a child’s biological parent could be considered responsible for these expenses and ordered to pay child support.
A recent child support ruling in Nebraska could have implications for similar cases in Florida, and other states. A man, who had his child support obligation terminated by a district court judge because a DNA test showed he was not the child’s biological father, could still be on the hook for payments. That is because a Nebraska Supreme Court majority recently decided that the district judge’s decision was flawed. The Supreme Court justices reportedly said the ruling turned the case from a child support modification issue into a paternity challenge. The case was sent back to the district court for a decision on the request to adjust the payment amounts.
In 2009, the child was reportedly removed from his mother’s care. It remains unknown to the public why the man, who signed a document acknowledging paternity after the boy’s birth, did not seek or take over custody of the child at that time. It was two years later, in 2011, when he first filed the motion to try and have his $369 per month payments lessened or terminated.
Anyone who is involved in a child support dispute may find it helpful to obtain legal representation. An attorney will not only look out for your interests and those of your child, but can also offer advice as to the best course of action for your circumstances.
Source: Lincoln Journal Star, “Man who isn’t biological dad responsible for child support, court finds,” Lori Pilger, May 16, 2014