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Alaska parents may learn from man's child support case

During a divorce or at the end of a relationship comes the subject of child support when children are involved. Understandably, the parent who is the primary caregiver is typically the recipient of child support payments in Alaska. However, one man received noticed for child support payments that he claims he does not owe.

The man claims that he was informed over the years that he did not owe anything. Now, 20 years later, the state is attempting to collect a large sum of money from him for a child who is now 35 years old. According to a court document, the man owes $4,700 in child support and $43,000 in accumulated interest. Reportedly, back in 1993, the man's daughter was removed from her mother's home by social services. The man was awarded full custody and was told not to worry about overdue child support because it would be canceled.

Over a period of three years, the state tried to collect from the man at least three times by garnishing his wages. Eventually, the state went as far as to suspend his driver's license, which was reinstated after he visited the child support office. The state claimed that it is not relevant that the man was informed by the child support office that he did not owe anything, and the interest will continue to grow each year.

Understandably, child support payments are needed to make sure children have basic necessities. However, when a parent is paying child support that is not owed, it can put a strain on one's finances. For Alaska parents who are at risk for wage garnishment or a suspended license for payments allegedly not owed, they may have the right to pursue claims in family court.

Source: newschannel5.com, "Man Questions $48,000 Child Support Bill - NewsChannel5.com", Jennifer Kraus, May 1, 2014

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