Court knew that man jailed for failure to pay child support was not the father

Story from the Atlanta Journal-Constution. (H/T ECM)


Frank Hatley has languished in a South Georgia jail for more than a year.

The reason? He failed to reimburse the state for all the public assistance his “son” received over the past two decades.

The problem? Hatley is not the biological father — and a special assistant state attorney general and a judge knew it but jailed Hatley anyway.

Even after learning he was not the father, Hatley paid thousands of dollars the state said he owed for support. After losing his job and becoming homeless, he still made payments out of his unemployment benefits.

Hatley’s lawyer, Sarah Geraghty of the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, said two independent DNA tests — one nine years ago and one just a few days ago — prove he is not the biological father.

“This is a case of excessive zeal to recover money trumping common sense,” she said. “What possible legitimate reason can the state have to pursue Mr. Hatley for child support when he does not have any children?”

It may be difficult for Hatley to get out from under the court order, said Atlanta family lawyer Randall Kessler, who is not associated with the case. “It’s definitely unfair,” Kessler said. “But at the same time, he’s dealing with a valid court order.”

This is yet another reason for Christian men to prefer chastity. Chastity is a higher calling for Christian men and feminism is so widespread that single men need to be very careful about discrimination, fraud and coercion by the marxist-feminist state. Men go to jail and/or commit suicide for failure to pay alimony, child support, etc. all the time. My advice: don’t get involved until they fix the problem.

7 thoughts on “Court knew that man jailed for failure to pay child support was not the father”

  1. The problem is that, at least in Canada, you no longer have to be the biological father any more to be forced to pay child support!

    I recently read of a case where a man had been living with a woman who had a child from previous relationship. The man had been providing fatherly type input such as helping the boy with homework and taking him to baseball games, etc.

    After the couple split up, the man was forced by the courts to pay child support, even though it was clear he was not the biological father. The court ruled that he had assumed the role of father and that therefore he was liable for child support.

    From what I have read, the divorce courts that deal with these issues do not typically have the interests of men in mind, nor do they care about fairness. They often hide this by stating that their ruling is based on the “best interests of the child”.

    As an aside, there have also been a number of cases where sperm donors (including a case in late 2008 in New Mexico) have been required to pay child support. I include this point only as an illustration as to how off-the-deep-end the courts have gone.


    1. In Michigan, a 25-year old computer programmer was lied to by his girlfriend who said she would not get pregnant due to a medical condition. She kept the baby and he was stuck with $500 a month in child support. THEY WERE NOT EVEN MARRIED.

      And we haven’t even got started talking about false rape accusations, like the Duke University lacrosse scandal, or Mary Winkler, the woman who wasted all her husband’s money on a Nigerian Internet hoax, and then murdered her husband when he confronted (“judged”) her. She got a few months in a mental health facility before getting out, and receiving custody of the horrified children.


  2. Many injustices are committed against men concerning family court these days. I am certainly no feminist and as a woman I can say that is entirely unfair. The system no longer cares about the family; only the money and power they can gain by financially raping parents, tearing apart families, and ruling over the population with a white knuckled fist.

    Men would do well to put chivalry and courtship and family first because the courts are not going to protect you; only their own pockets.

    Women would do well to not prostitute themselves for liberal indoctrinations and self pleasure. Selling your soul for temporary gratification will never replace the self respect, protection, and dignity that comes with a monogamous marriage relationship with your soulmate


    1. I am worried about all the good women who will be deprived of husbands, and the good daughters who will be deprived of fathers, because of the feminists in governments and in the family courts who insist on micro-managing men as if they were little boys. Men notice these things and they stop getting married.

      When I earn a dollar, that dollar is for my family. Not for the government to steal it from me and then use it to protect some women from the consequences of their own bad decisions. I would like to have a family, too, if I could be allowed to keep my own money and have a moment’s peace from the marxist-feminist state.


  3. As a single, professional guy, I can support a family on my income and I would love to have kids. I’m not afraid of the responsibility. However, I have decided not to get married in this country. I broke off an engagement after my fiance became emotional and hit me. After seeing a brother and an uncle abused by the courts, I have no intention of ever marrying in this country. Sad, I would love to be a father, but odds favor just being a sperm and dollar donor, not a father.


  4. Wintery Knight and Keith,

    I hear what both of you are saying and don’t blame your for being skittish about the whole mess, however don’t get discouraged. There are a lot of good women out there that would be virtuous and faithful to you and your family, though we are getting farther and fewer between. The problem is we are the ones who go unnoticed and even looked down upon by society and develop standoffish behaviors. In today’s society that does not get you noticed.

    I believe that God creates a mate for everyone, the one, your soulmate. Until you meet and commit to that person everything else will sour like grapes and put you at risk. I apologize on behalf of all my “sisters” who have allowed themselves to be corrupted by society and how that has affected your lives. But, don’t give up on the whole lot of us. Contrary to the liberals we don’t all want to be feminists; it’s just not natural.


    1. Oh, I have no doubt of that. My friend Andrew is married to a good one, she even comments here. And everyone knows what I think of women like Michele Bachmann! I am sure that I could pick out a good one.

      The problem is that even if I met a good one, I would still have to live in the world made by all of the feminists who, based on their own experiences with really bad men, had passed all kinds of laws to make the lives of men miserable. The worst for me is to think about what the state will do with my children. They are so hell-bent against things like homeschooling and school-choice, because they really view parents as the enemy.

      I don’t want to have my children taken away from me by the courts or indoctrinated by government-run schools.


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