from the Huffington Post
Joseph Chmelar, a divorced father of two, was in for a big surprise when his young sons informed him that his ex — whom he had only recently separated from — had a child with another man. But shortly after, he had an even ruder awakening when he received a letter stating that he owed $8,500 in back child support for the kid — on Father’s Day weekend, no less.
“I thought, ‘My God, this is hilarious.’ It’s Father’s Day weekend and here’s the biggest joke that I think I’ve ever had played on me transpiring right now,” he told Michigan’s Wood TV last week.
Chmelar asked Wood TV’s investigative unit, Target 8, to look into his case; after all, how could he be legally obligated to pay child support for a kid that isn’t his?
It turns out that it’s legal, thanks to a Michigan law drafted in 1956 called the Paternity Act that was recently called “outrageous” by a lawmaker. Watch the video above for more on the law and to find out how Chmelar’s case was resolved.