Monday, January 26, 2009
Child Support: Man forced to pay for child not his
A 19-year Army veteran, on his third tour in Iraq, is being forced to pay child support for a boy that isn't his.
Master Sgt. Christopher Sprowson's first wife had an affair, became pregnant, and gave birth to the boy, now 13. Genetic tests proved the child was not his. But a court says that doesn't matter. From the Kansas City Star:
According to Kansas law, a husband is the “presumed father” of his wife’s children — even if the children were fathered by another man.
Because the boy’s mother could not tell the court who the father was, the judge ruled Sprowson had to pay.
Sprowson's ex-wife said she never sought child support and would forgo the money. But the state required the payments because his ex-wife once received welfare. It's the state of Kansas that wants the money, to recover the welfare payments to Sprowson's ex-wife.
On Jan. 21, Sprowson's current wife, Karey, asked the legislature to change the law. The state wants more than $10,000, which Sprowson, and his three children, can't afford, Karey said.
She said the court has ordered that Sprowson's military pay be garnished to satisfy the debt, and that his tax refund will be seized.