This is WHY: Man Ordered to Pay $30K Child Support 4 Kid Who's Not His: “I'm Outraged That Mr. Alexander For 2 1/2 Decades Failed to Take This Matter Seriously” PMS-Femi Judge Kathleen McCarthy Explains. He Didn't Know Cuz he's in Jail.
DETROIT — A man who has no children has been ordered by a judge that he must pay child support.
According to WXYZ, Carnell Alexander’s ex listed him as father when
applying for welfare benefits. Court documents indicate that a process
server gave Alexander, in person, a notice of hearing at a house he once
lived at. But Alexander says he wasn’t at the house on the date he was
allegedly served. He was incarcerated for a crime he committed as a
He asked a judge to remedy the situation, but got this response instead:
“I am outraged that Mr. Alexander for two and a half decades failed
to take this matter seriously,” Judge Kathleen McCarthy said, explaining
that Alexander should have filed a motion to set aside the
acknowledgment of parentage long ago.
“That motion must be filed within 3 years after the child’s birth, or
within one year after the order of filiation is entered. The defendant
has failed to timely file this motion setting aside the acknowledgement
of parentage,” she said.
Because this case is more than two and a half decades old, she ruled that he must pay.
Alexander says he did not file that motion because he learned he was
allegedly a father after being released from prison and he did not have
an income or savings at the time. He says he only had an eighth grade
education and wasn’t able to find a lawyer to help him.
He says he did make sure Friend of the Court workers and judges on
the case knew he was not this child’s father, had never been in the
child’s life, and didn’t want to be held responsible.
Alexander says when he learned of the case against him, the court
gave him an old address for the mother who claimed he had fathered a
child. He went there hoping to get a DNA test to prove his story. She
didn’t live there.
At that point he says the court told him it could not help him in any other way to locate the mother who said he was the father.
His current attorney Cherika Harris believes that he should have been
helped. The real father has been in the life of the now adult child,
Although the court did not go as she hoped, and he still owes more
than $30,000 in child support, she says she will file other motions.
Alexander says he understands he may owe money according to the fine print of the law, but he will never believe it is right.
“The law is not going to fit into everybody’s situation. Why don’t they use common sense?” Alexander told WXYZ.
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