In doing my morning perusal of Internet news today, with “child support” in the Yahoo search bar (my searches typically, and almost always without fail, result in a quick and easy discovery of yet another ubiquitous Family Law and or Child Support Collection injustice vicimizing a man or a father(s) and more often than not, these articles are showcased at a reputable online journalistic website) I came across a story about the plight of my new friend, Joe, written by Michael Wiser, during today’s search. The piece is - refreshingly - a concise and right-to-the point, facts-in-front-of-your-face, well written article; thanks Mike!
Now, Joe lives in a place called Grundy Center, Iowa. In simple L.A. terms, Grundy Center is “way the fuck out there” or “in Bumfuck Egypt“. Now, please understand, my intention is not to knock Grundy Center, to the contrary, I wish they had a regional airport as I could use a few days in the country, like right now, yesterday! Rather, my intention is to showcase that even in what many American taxpayers - like John Cougar Mellencamp - would acknowledge as “Small-town America” men and fathers are not safe from the injustices of a Family Law Industry intent upon keeping “Dad” right where they want; paying money! I spoke to Joe by phone today, he told me what he had been experiencing. I shared with him that he was not alone, and that in fact there are 8,000 men in California alone paying child support for kids that DNA evidence Has proven they didn’t father; I shared a lot of what I know about the Family Law and Child Support Collection Industries, and how horrible they are. I’m going to do all I can to help raise the awareness of Joe’s case.
See, Joe has paid thousands - THOUSANDS - of dollars in child support for a child that is not his! Joe loved, and may still very much so, love this little girl, she was “his”. He fought for and wanted to gain full custody (Ha!) when the mother took the child from Joe’s residence, and it was only when he started custody proceedings that was he told the little girl was not his; he then wanted to adopt. His story came to light, when he asked to have the mother reimburse him; he said he - in reality - expected no money to be paid by the mother, but that set me to thinking. If Joe was informed he was not the father prior to a DNA test being conducted, I am of the opinion that Mom knows who the biological father is, and that "Dad" owes Joe a few bucks, no?