November 13, 2007
An appellate panel has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed on behalf of a man who claimed that Michigan’s paternity law violates the equal protection clause. The lawsuit, filed by the National Center for Men, argued that men involved in unintended pregnancies should have the option to decline financial responsibility for the child. Courts have previously ruled that any possible inequities experienced by men in such circumstances are outweighed by the interests of the child.
Source: Ap, USA Today
December 29, 2006
The Texas Office of Attorney General of Texas (OAG) Child Support Division is a massive bureacracy and individuals caught in child support cases with them may feel powerless and unfairly treated. But the authority and discretion of the Attorney General’s office is limited by the same rules as to private practitioners. The Texas Family Code, the Rules of Civil Procedure, local rules of Court, etc. all apply to even them. In fact, in one case they were held subject to sanctions and attorney fees for their abuses. Attorney General v. Cartwright, 874 SW 2d 210 (Tex. App.–Houston [14th Dist.] 1994, writ denied).