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Prof Spaht State v Drew Dual Father Case

Prof Spaht State v Drew Dual Father Case

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Professor Spahts proposal on dual fathers issue for child support.
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JudgmentrenderedJune
29,2011.
Application
for
rehearing
may
befiledwithinthedelayallowedbyArt.2166,
La.C.C.P.
No.46,337~CACOURTOFAPPEALSECONDClRCmTSTATEOFLOmSIANA
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STATEOFLOUISIANA,DEPARTMENTOFSOCIALSERVICES,OFFICEOFFAMILYSUPPORTINTHEINTERESTOFK.B.D.,MINORCHILDOFLASHEKAMARJEDREW
Plaintlffs-Appcllccs
versusMARIONTHOMASDREW,
JR.
Defendant-Appellant
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AppealedfromtheFirstJudicialDistrictCourtfortheParishofCaddo,LouisianaTrialCourtNo.520,730HonorableJeanetteG.Garrett,Judge
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PAMELAANITABLANKENSHIPCounselfor
Appellant
EUGENE
W.
BRYSON,
III
AssistantDistrict
Attorney
CounselforAppellee,StateofLouisianaDOSSKELLYLORRAINELONGCounselforAppellee,
K.B.D.
(Minor)LASHEKAMARJEDREWInProperPerson,Appellee
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BeforeBROWN,STEWART,andGASKINS,JJ.STEWART,
J.,
concurswithreasons.
 
BROWN,CHIEFJUDGE
K.D.wasbornonJune14,2004.In2008,LashekaDrew,themotherofthechild,appliedforandacceptedpublicassistancefromMedicaid.OnApril18,2008,theStateofLouisiana,DepartmentofSocialServices,OfficesofFamilySupport("theState"),filedaruleagainstMarionThomasDrew,Jr.,toestablishsupportonbehalfoftheminorchild.'W11enLashekagavebirthtothechild,shewasmarriedtoDrew.La.C.C.art185providesthatthehusbandofthemotherispresumedtobethefatherofachildbornduringthemarriageorwithin300daysfromthedateoftheterminationofthemarriage.MarionandLashekaweredivorcedonNovember7,2007.Thus,paternitywasestablishedbyoperationoflaw,OnJune
6,
2008,Drewwasorderedtopaysupportforthechildintheamountof$489.30monthlytotheDepartmentofSocialServices.AtthistimeDrewrequestedDNAtesting.ThetestresultsshowedtbatDrewwas
not
thebiologicalfatherofthechild.OnJuly
15,2009,
Drewfiledapetitiontoannulhisacknowledgmentofpaternityandfordamages(fromLashekaDrew),andonOctober27,2009,hefiledanamendedpetitiontodisavowpaternity.TheseactionswerefiledunderthesamesuitnumberastbepetitionbytheDepartmentofSocialServices.OnJanuary13,20]0,thecourtappointedAttorneyKellyLongtorepresenttheminorchild.OnJuly7,20]0,thecourtheard
'RecipientsofAFDCunderTitleJV-DoftheSocialSecurityActassigntheirchildsupportrightstothestateandarerequiredtocooperate(unlessgoodcauseforrefusingtodosoisdeterminedtoexist)inwhateverlegalactionthestate.undertakes,ByassigningtheirchildsupportrightsinreturnforAFDCaid,theygivethestatestheopportunitytorecoupthefinancialdrainimposedbythewelfaresystemonthe'stateandfederaltreasuries.42US.C§651and608.
 
testimonyandarguments.ThecourtenteredjudgmentagainstDrewfindingthathisactiontodisavowhadprescribed.Astotheinitialactiontoannultheacknowledgmentofpaternity,thecourtnotedthatonlyabirthcertificatewasintroducedintoevidenceandbecausethechildwaslegitimatetherewasnonecessityforanauthenticatedactofacknowledgment,noneofwhichwasshown.FactsInthesummerof2003,MarionDrew,Jr.,andLashekaDrewbeganarelationship.AfterLashekabecamepregnant,sheandMarionmarriedonDecember13,2003.Sixmonthslater,onJune14,2004,K.D.wasborn;Marionsignedthecertificateoflivebirthasthefatherofthechild.Overthreeyearslater,onNovember7,2007,MarionandLashekaDrewweredivorced.ThepetitionfordivorcewasfiledbyMarionandinitheallegedthatonechildwasbornofthemarriage,namelyK.D.Nothingwassaidconcerningcustodyorsupport.Therecordshowsthatthechildlivedwithhismother.Atthehearingtodisavowpaternity,DrewtestifiedthathedidnotquestionhisbiologicalrelationshipwiththechilduntilthechildsupportrulewasfiledinApril2008.Atthattime,DrewtestifiedthathebegantobearthatLashekamayhave.beensleepingwithothermenandthatK.D.wasnothischild.LashekatestifiedthatshegenuinelybelievedMarionwasK.D.'sbiologicalfather.Shetestifiedthatshehad"protected"sexualcontactaroundthetimeofconceptionwithaformerboyfriend.Lashekaalsotestifiedthatduringthetimeofconceptionshehad"unprotected"
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