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.
This isn’t the only child support case to make headlines this month. Tennessee man Orlando Shaw, who fathered 22 children with 14 different mothers, recently told Nashville’s News Channel 5 that he may be starring in an upcoming reality show, and it was reported that NBA star Steve Nash may be required to pay more child supportas well.