We’ve heard of confusion in the hospital and people getting the wrong baby. We’ve heard of records confused so bad that a father and a son live as the other because their names are the same. But we are boggled by the latest confusion at the Friend of the Court.
Lional Campbell has been paying child support for his son with his ex-wife for the last 25 years after the child died from Meningitis in 1988 at the age of three. This story is unbelievable! Campbell claims that he didn’t catch the error until 2011, because he was under the impression that he was paying for his older son, who is now 34.
Ok…let’s do the math! If his son is 34 now, he was at least 32 in 2011, right? Ok…that’s HOW MANY YEARS AFTER 18? I’ll tell you, it’s 14 years after child support age. So why in the world did he think he still owed child support for the older child? Most fathers, I don’t care how much they make every year, watch their child support dollars like a hawk. They bring it up in arguments and are able to argue down to the exact amount they last paid. (I ain’t mad at you, brothas! You’re taking care of your kids!)
But this guy OVER did it and may have needed those dollars. But, now, he lives in Kentucky and had to travel to Michigan to see about getting this mess cleaned up with Michigan’s Wayne County. The county defended themselves from being culpable in the filing error saying that “no one ever notified them of the boy’s death.” Essentially, they told him that it was his fault.
Well, he’s not going down without a fight and he’s had the offices perform an audit of his account which has garnered three different results, but he’s hopeful that the fourth will end all of the confusion. A woman he spoke to at the county office told him there’s no way he should still be paying child support for a dead child. But Wayne county officials say that he still owes more than $6,000 and it’s based on varying factors like lapses in his employment.
If you’re shaking your head, know that we are too! This is a mess! But one thing they got right, men, is YOU BETTER FOLLOW UP! Check out the report. As you may have guessed though…the mother does not want to be interviewed.