Unfortunately, I have more questions than answers regarding the subject. And, I realize that laws may vary from state to state. However, if there is anyone with experience regarding the subject, comments and suggestions are welcomed.
A friend of mine has an 8 year old daughter that he has supported financially, although not through the court systems. To further complicate, he has not kept a log of receipts for items purchased or monies given throughout the years. The custodial parent is very sporadic in allowing him to see the young lady. Further, he has requested that she file for child support and she has continuously denied.
He has decided to file a paternity testing through the courts. In doing so, he realizes he may be sued for back child support, etc. However, in order to see his daughter this is a price he is willing to pay a second time.
I have done a small amount of research and it seems that until the late 1990's, a father could not be the initiator of a paternity suit. This seems extremely odd. In a world of "dead-beat-dads', it would seem that a man wishing to support his child would not only be acceptable, but applauded - given, of course, that the father is a law-abiding citizen.
I applaud my friend for not only wanting to see his daughter, support and love her, but also to be willing to pay twice in order to be a good dad.
Does anyone else have a similar story/experience? I would love to pass along information, although not legal advice, to this gentleman.
Information is power and good men are hard to find.