Gabriel Cornejo, a 45-year-old man from Houston, took a DNA test proving a child his ex-girlfriend had 16 years ago was not his, but the test was too late.
In 2003, a child support court in Houston ruled that Cornejo owed his ex-girlfriend $65,000 in child support because, she claims, there was no way he wasn’t the father.
Cornejo must pay up because of Texas’ family code, chapter 161, which states, even if you’re not the biological father, you still owe child support that accrued before the DNA test proves you’re not the father, Cornejo’s lawyer Cheryl Coleman told Chron.
“I’ve researched the records and found that there is an issue with the service where they served him back in 2002,” Coleman said. “There are some anomalies with how this case handled by the attorney general’s office. He was never served with those documents in 2002 when the actual paternity petition was filed against him.”
In further support of why Cornejo is on the line for the child support is a claim from the ex-girlfriend that the child support started coming out from Cornejo’s paycheck without his objection.
“There were three garnishments of $31 each when he worked at a dealership. He’s never gotten a letter from the state of Texas,” Coleman said. “At issue is he’s still not the father. Nobody is disputing that. The mother is not disputing that.”
Cornejo is now married and has three children, but because of this unjust law, money will continue to stream out of his paychecks to pay for a child that isn’t his.
His ex-girlfriend is apparently and unfortunately taking advantage of the system that favors women so one-sidedly that it often leaves no room for justice for the men involved.
We can only hope good lawyers can fight for this man and get him off the hook before he is wrongly forced to pay the full sum the law Texas’s un-justice system is demanding.