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Rapist ordered to pay child support wants visitation rights

It is not very often that one parent disagrees with the court's decision to enforce child support payments. Most of the time the custodial parent welcomes child support payments from the other parent. Raising a child can be very costly and the custodial parent probably wants the other parent's financial help in raising their child.

This is not always the case though. A young Massachusetts mother's attorney is fighting to have a Family Court child support order reversed. The attorney hopes to return the case to Criminal Court.

The child at the center of this case was conceived when her father raped her mother when the mother was only 14 years old. The father was 17 years old at the time and is now 24. He has been sentenced with 16 years of probation, but when Criminal Court transferred the case to Family Court, he received an order to make child support payments to the mother. Since the father is now supposed to pay child support, he claims he should have visitation rights.

The little girl's mother reportedly does not want her daughter interacting with the man who assaulted her as a teenager. The mother's attorney claims the case should not have even entered Family Court as the child was conceived during a criminal act.

Cases like this serve as a reminder that family law cases are unique. What is right for one child or parent is not necessarily the best solution for another family. While child support payments may be very beneficial for many children and their custodial parents, they can bring about a relationship with the non-custodial parent that some families may not want.

Source: ABC News, "Rapist wants visitation rights with child conceived during rape," Colleen Curry, Sept. 29, 2012

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