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Father who was supposedly dead after divorce found alive

There are divorce and child support horror stories. Many people have heard them but, thankfully, few experience them. Still, they do occur and they can happen to any number of individuals living in Jersey City, New Jersey. Compared to some divorce stories, these nightmares sound over-the-top and occasionally unbelievable, but the lengths to which some individuals go to avoid making payments on requirements such as child support may no longer be very surprising after hearing one woman's story.

In 1983, a woman got married to her husband. By 1987, the couple had four kids together. Two years later, the husband and father of the children took off. It must not have seemed like he was coming back because the mother filed for child support soon after his departure. He was served on the matter through certified and regular mail that was delivered to the family's home address. Still, he did not show up to the hearing. The presiding judge ordered that the man pay $200 per week in support for the four kids but he never paid a shred of it.

One year later, she finally filed for divorce. Since his whereabouts were unknown to her, she served him by publishing the summons in the local newspaper. He did not appear in court. The divorce was finalized but no alimony and no child support were awarded because the judge determined that it had no jurisdiction over her husband. His family later informed the woman that her newly-divorced husband had died but gave no other information surrounding the matter.

Years later, the children decided to hire a private detective to locate the man's grave. Instead of finding the grave, the investigator discovered that their father was still alive. He had taken on a fake name and was now remarried. The mother of the four kids is now trying to determine if a suit for child support would be worthwhile. Since he was never required to pay after the divorce, it may not be. Such a complicated situation should be discussed with an attorney because she may be entitled to compensation for the costs of raising the kids.

Source:  Boston Herald, "Ex-husband tried to go into hiding after divorce" Gerald Nissenbaum, May. 26, 2013

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