Whenever parents agree to a child support order, the state has the authority to ensure that order is upheld. If it is not, the state can impose penalties or harsh consequences on the parent who is not living up to that child support order. However, those consequences were particularly troubling for one man who was ordered to pay child support for a child who wasn't his. Pennsylvania parents or individuals in the midst of a paternity or child support case may be interested in the case.
The man was said to have fathered a child in 1987, according to state documentation. He was allegedly served with papers at his father's home related to a paternity proceeding. That process server apparently claimed that the man refused to sign the summons. However, documents later showed the man was in prison at the time of service and physically unable to refuse to sign, seemingly supporting his contention that he was not aware of the legal action against him.