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Man no longer required to pay child support for ex-wife's child

Parents in Massachusetts and across the country have the responsibility to provide the care their children need. In some cases, that may involve paying child support. Unfortunately, some states have laws that could force a man to provide financial support for a child that is not biologically his. One out-of-state man has recently fought a law that attempted to force him to support a child born to his estranged wife.

The 46-year-old man claims he married the child's mother approximately 15 years ago. Although they separated, they had not divorced when she gave birth to a child fathered by another man. The man received a shock when he was informed by the state that he would have to provide for the child, even though there was no biological relationship.

He received the order to pay child support due to an Iowan law that names a woman's husband as the legal father of a child. Because he and his estranged wife had not legally divorced, he was named the child's legal father, and the Iowa Department of Human Services sent him a letter notifying him of the requirement to support the child. However, with the help of an attorney, he was been able to successfully file for divorce, including paperwork to disestablish him as the child's father. His estranged wife, he claims, has been supportive of his efforts.

While critics of such laws are working to have them overturned or modified, there are likely other people who are also forced to pay child support for children with which they have no biological connection. While not all states have the same laws regarding who is considered a legal parent, parents in Massachusetts can also find themselves struggling with a child support order. Often, an experienced attorney can help them seek a fair resolution to their struggles.

Source: desmoinesregister.com, "Davenport man won't owe support for child he didn't father", Charly Haley, Sept. 27, 2016

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