Dr. Helen

“We can be defaulted into being a father of a child that is not ours."

A reader sends me a troubling story about a Detroit man threatened with jail time for not paying child support for a child that is not his:

DETROIT (WXYZ) – The state told a Detroit man: Pay child support for a kid that is not yours or go to jail! On Friday, 7 Action News went with him as he turned himself in at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice.

“I stayed up all night. Couldn’t sleep thinking about it,” said Carnell Alexander.

Carnell says no matter what the state orders, he won’t pay child support for a child he doesn’t know and that DNA tests prove isn’t his.

“I haven’t even had a chance to speak to him except for one time when we took a DNA test,” said Carnell….

Carnell says he is not only worried about how this impacts him. He says something needs to be changed so that men who are wrongfully named fathers are protected.

“We can be defaulted into being a father of a child that is not ours. I don’t understand the law, but we do have that law in place,“ said Carnell.​

That law should be changed, no man should be jailed for not paying child support and much less, not paying child support for a child that is not even his.