Connecticut Family Lawyer
posted in Child Support
on Thursday, May 31, 2012.
Many children in Connecticut are receiving child support from noncustodial parents. In many cases, it is mandated by a judge, and a parent can be held legally responsible if he or she does not pay. But what happens when an individual has so many children that he or she cannot afford to pay adequate child support to all of them? That’s what some are wondering about a 33-year-old man, who has reportedly fathered 30 children with 11 women.
According to reports, the man has the most children in his county of residence. This is not the first time this man has been in the news for the number of children he has. In a 2009 interview he said that he would not be fathering anymore children. Despite his statement, another nine children have been born in the past three years.
Currently, the man is working a minimum-wage job and is unable to make support payments to his children. According to a media report, some of the children’s mothers are only receiving $1.49 per month. Under the law, the man must turn over 50 percent of his wages in order to pay for child support. This only applies to times when he is working, and he cannot be required to pay any more than that, regardless of how many more children he has.
The support he pays is then distributed based on certain criteria, largely the age and needs of his children.
Recently, the man was in court asking for a break on his child support payments.
An official with the child support clerk’s office said that she would like to see a way for the law to restrict him — and other parents with multiple children like him — from having sex, but that would likely be declared unconstitutional.
People often don’t plan on having kids, but the custodial parents have a right to collect support due to their children. But the man also has a right to try and get the amount he pays reduced.