Marine who went AWOL will have to pay back child support

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Paternity/Child Support on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

Sometimes, Missouri parents or those in other states face family law issues that remain unresolved for decades. Of course, in most situations, those involved typically want to obtain solutions to their problems in as swift and economically feasible a fashion as possible. Often, this does not seem possible without skilled intervention, especially when it comes to matters such as child support or other issues regarding custody or visitation.

One woman’s situation unfolded more than 30 years ago when she divorced her husband who was serving the nation as a Marine at the time. The couple had two children together during their marriage.The former husband reportedly agreed to pay $160 every month for the care and upbringing of his children. The agreement was apparently contingent on the stipulation that the former wife would not remarry or cohabit with a man for the next year and a half.

At some point, after the agreement was signed, the Marine is said to have disappeared. His military superiors listed him as being away without leave. The woman eventually remarried, and her former husband was dishonorably discharged from the Marines in 1996. Nearly 20 years later, the former couple’s grown son searched and located the long-missing father in a state outside Missouri.

The mother filed a claim seeking back child support, and after a contentious battle in and out of the appeals process, the case was recently remanded. The father has requested to be relieved of his obligation, since the mother went decades without pursuing the matter; however, the mother’s attorney has made it clear that they believe no time limitations should apply in child support situations. Under such circumstances, positive outcomes often hinge upon experienced and aggressive representation.

Source:, “Missing Marine Can’t Dodge Child Support“, Jeff D. Gorman, Oct. 4, 2016

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