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Recent Case Highlights Need for Certainty and Persistence in Paternity Matters

A client recently retained ADAM to assist him in determining if he was the biological father of a one-year-old child.  He had an established relationship with the child and was giving the mother over $500.00 per month in support.  He was also exercising regular parenting time, driving back-and-forth across the state to spend time with the child.  The client had always assumed he was the child's father, but there was no Affidavit of Parentage or court order naming him as the child's father.  When the client came to us he relayed recent events that caused him to suspect he may not be the child's father.

ADAM attorney, Dion Roddy filed a paternity suit on his behalf against the mother. The Judge ordered the parties to submit to genetic testing.  While initially the mother seemed in favor of testing, she began to cause delays.  Meanwhile, she insisted our client pay a past due child care bill in excess of $1,200.   Mr. Roddy advised him not to bow to the mother’s pressure and pay this bill while the test results were pending.  The mother finally submitted to testing and it was discovered that, sure enough, our client was not the father.  While he was disappointed that the child was not his, he was relieved and grateful to know the truth.  With the help of ADAM, our client was able to avoid a child support obligation that would have been quite costly given the very young age of the child.

If you have paternity issues or questions that you need answered, give the family law attorneys at ADAM a call at (248) 356-ADAM (2326).  You can talk with an experienced family law practitioner that will help you figure out your best course of action.

About ADAM (American Divorce Association for Men)

The American Divorce Association for Men (ADAM) is a group of highly qualified attorneys who advocate for men’s rights in divorce, child custody and parenting time, paternity, support, property settlement, post judgment modifications, and other family law matters. Since 1988, ADAM has been aggressive, diligent, and uncompromising when representing their clients. A team of compassionate and skilled family law attorneys, ADAM is dedicated to being Michigan’s leading divorce attorneys for men and practices a policy of integrity in all dealings.

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