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Judge’s child support decision reversed despite DNA test

| Oct 24, 2019 | Child Support |

From the moment a person in Illinois learns that he or she is going to be a parent, they often begin planning for that child’s future. Most are dedicated to ensuring that their child’s needs are met. Unfortunately, one man claims that he is still required to make child support payments despite the fact that a DNA test revealed that the child in question is not his.

The man claims that he initially signed the child’s birth certificate because he believed the mother when she said that he was the child’s father. When he went to court to seek visitation, he was already paying child support. As part of those proceedings, the judge required him to take a DNA test to establish paternity. 

However, the test actually proved that the man was not the father, prompting the judge to terminate child support. The Florida Department of Revenue appealed that decision, forcing the man to continue to pay child support for a child that is not biologically his. Professionals in the state with experience with family law claim that the move is surprising. 

Unfortunately, the man is now left to go through the steps of legally disestablishing paternity even though the child has already been proven not to be his. Unfortunately, the judicial system can seem overwhelming to people in Illinois and other areas of the country who have little or no legal training. Because the decisions made by the court can have a significant impact on a person’s life, including how much he or she will have to pay in child support, most people facing court proceedings are benefited from having a professional with experience with the process on their side.