Non-Father Must Still Pay Child Support!
How can fathers respect the law when this sort of thing happens? This is from Little Rock, Arkansas.
Even though a paternity test ruled out Anthony L- Parker as the father of a child in a child-support dispute, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled today he still has to pay support owed the mother before he took the test.
The court reversed a decision by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Mary Spencer McGowan and sent the case back to her to determine the amount Parker must pay.
The opinion, written by Associate Justice Donald L- Corbin, says state law and prior court cases make it clear that an "acknowledged father" cannot be relieved of past-due child support.
Associate Justice Robert L. Brown wrote in a dissent that the opinion reached "a grossly unfair result." He urged the state Legislature to clarify the law.
In her original ruling, McGowan wrote that forcing Parker to pay -- quote --"violates all precepts of common law as to who is responsible for supporting a child."