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Court rules Houston man still owes $65K inchild support payments for child who isn’t his

July 23, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Court rules Houston man still owes $65K inchild support payments for child who isn’t his

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A Houston man is fighting a court order for tens of thousands of dollars in child support for a child that DNA proves is not his.

The system might consider him a deadbeat father despite the scientific evidence. However, Texas law may just disregard the DNA evidence.

Gabriel Cornejo’s only option might be to cough up the $65,000 in child support for a child that is not his own and that he’s only met one time, ABC13 reported.

He is already a father of three children and is raising two of his brother’s kids. In 2016, a deputy came to his house with court documents telling him the state believes he has another child.

Cornejo, a father-of-three who is also raising two of his brother’s children, pictured with his kids and wife Esmeralda Cornejo

“She was 15 or 16 years old at the time,” Cornejo stated.

Cornejo maintains he never knew about the child. He went to meet his then 16-year-old daughter for the first time.

“[She’s] a wonderful girl,” Cornejo added. “Smart. A lot going for herself.”

He, his wife, and his girlfriend that he ended the relationship with 16 years ago all acknowledged that he should get a DNA test.

“The results came,” Cornejo added. “I’m not the father.”

However, Cornejo’s ex still wanted the child support and so does the state of Texas.

In 2003, Cornejo’s ex-went to court and maintained that Cornejo was the father.

The state of Texas began evaluating child support payments, which continued to add up, now equaling close to $65,000. Cornejo was never informed, he insists. Court documents state that he was issued a subpoena years ago – however, he denies this.

Cornejo said a deputy showed up at his door with court papers alerting him he might ne the father of a child

The mother’s attorney says child support was obtained from Cornejo’s paycheck long ago, and Cornejo never disputed it, which can be enough to secure a lock-tight claim that he should’ve handed with it years ago.

“Don’t stick your head in the sand,” the mother’s attorney Carel Stith said. “It won’t go away, and there can be consequences if you don’t do anything.”

Unless he and his attorney can convince a judge to take a second glimpse, there’s nothing that can change the previous court order and Cornejo will still owe all that cash.

If the court neglects to reopen the case, he must pay or can face jail time. Cornejo stated that whatever happens, he is hopeful that there will be a change in state law change to prevent situations like this.

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