Child Support Bill

By: Marise Estime
By: Marise Estime

Tony Winbush has been paying child support for the last 12 years, but bine years ago his son told him some devastating news that would forever change his life.

Tony said, "One day the child told me that I was not his father."

Winbush took matters into his own hands, taking a paternity test which revealed he was not the child's biological father. He then took steps to stop paying child support.

Winbush said, "It's devastating that I have a family of my own, and for the state to say it's right, they can take my money knowing I have a family, I don't think it's right."

Winbush decided to elicit help from lawmakers to amend House Bill 7151, which allows fathers to petition the courts to terminate their obligations.

Tony Winbush says he's paid more than $50,000 in child support, and before he can stop payment he has to petition the courts using this new bill.

But Rep. Curtis Richardson says its not an easy task.

"Right now what they would have to do is seek legal advice from an attorney, and they would have to wait for the Florida Supreme Court to establish a rule before it can be implemented."

But in the meantime, Winbush and many others still have to go through the process and petition the courts before they can stop their legal obligations.


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