In the News: Philly man spends 2 years for failing to pay child support for a child that wasn’t his

Posted by on Dec 6, 2008 in Non-Criminal Cases |

Walter Andre Sharpe, Jr. spend a total of two years in prison for falling behind on child support. The problem is that Mr. Sharpe was a victim of mistaken identity. In 2001, Sharpe, a Philadelphia resident, was ruled to be the father of a child in Dauphin County. When Sharpe requested DNA testing, the court denied his request. The court has refused Sharpe’s request to have the $12,000 he paid in child support refunded. For more...

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BriefLaw: R.W.E. v. A.B.K. and M.K.

Posted by on Oct 26, 2008 in Case Law Summaries, Non-Criminal Cases |

R.W.E. v. A.B.K. and M.K. 2008 PA Super 253*This is not a Criminal Law case, but is interesting nonetheless* Topic: Child Paternity Summary: Where a father has claimed paternity of a child when he is aware that he may not be the biological father, he may not later claim fraud and attempt to rescind the acknowledgment of paternity. Illustration: The father knew at the time of birth that there was a 50-50 chance that the child was not his. He...

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