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Former special forces soldier forced to pay child support

It takes toughness of mind and body to be accepted and then succeed as a member of the Green Berets. However, there are some aspects of life that may prove to be even harder to overcome. One man survived 21 years in the special forces but is struggling to be relieved of baseless child support payments. While he does not reside in Maryland, his story may be of interest to those in a similar situation.

At some point during a contentious divorce, the man received the results of a paternity test. The test revealed that the child he was raising with his soon-to-be ex-spouse was not his biological child after all. Once the family court in his county learned that he was not the father of the 5-year-old boy, it denied the mother's request for support payments. Unfortunately, the man's ordeal wasn't over.

The Veteran's Administration somehow learned that the former soldier was no longer residing with the child, so it informed him that a portion of his retirement income would be garnished for support payments. Even after he sent the VA a copy of the paternity results, the support payments have continued to be taken out. He is now forced to reside in a motel since the payments of approximately $1,300 a month leave him without adequate funds to provide for his needs.  

The man reports that he has made repeated attempts to get the child support payments stopped, but he has not been successful. A local television station also got involved to provide assistance but was unable to resolve the issue. Maryland parents who are struggling with issues related to support or custody of their child may consult with a family law attorney in order to find the solutions that best suit their current circumstances.

Source: taskandpurpose.com, "VA Forces Green Beret To Pay Child Support For Someone Else's Kid", Sarah Sicard, Jan. 4, 2017

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