Without the benefit of legal advice, men who may or may not be parents are encouraged and even pressured to sign documents acknowledging paternity of a child, without ever being told that they are waiving valuable legal rights. They are not told that they are waiving their constitutional right to paternity testing forever. They are then ushered through a hurried process with the sole emphasis being documenting their income and creating a legal obligation to pay.
They are not even told that the social worker who is typically guiding them through the process is effectively in the child support business. His or her job is to collect as much money for the custodial parent as possible and to do it quickly.
The process by which a child support obligation is instituted and enforced has a financial impact on a equivalent to buying a house or a car. Arguably, the impact is far more, since the payments will often go on for a longer time, and failure to make them will possibly result in imprisonment, a result much worse than foreclosure. Yet, every week, thousands of men show up for child support hearings in every state armed with nothing more than a few old pay stubs.
A man has an obligation to support his child, but also a right to question whether he is the parent of the child. He also has a right to have his support payment set at an amount that is fair and reasonable, so that he can continue to pay his bills and other obligations, and enjoy life.
This book was written based on the experience of twenty five years practicing law, and several more as a university professor. While there is no substitute for legal advice about your unique situation, this book will help you.