November 16, 2005
Daughter, 40, To Receive Child Support
A Lexington County, South Carolina man must continue paying child support for his 40-year-old mentally disabled daughter, the State Supreme Court has ruled. The court heard arguments last month from a man who said a family court judge should have dismissed the case against him because the legal deadline to bring a paternity action had expired. He also said he shouldn’t have to pay $91 per week in child support, as ordered by the family court, because his daughter earns enough money under court guidelines with her part-time job and federal disability payments. The daughter receives $275 in Social Security benefits a month. She also receives between $250 and $350 a week from her job. The woman’s mother filed a lawsuit in 1999 seeking child support for the first time for her then-34-year-old daughter, who lives with her in Lexington County. Source. TheState.com. For the complete story, please click here (last visited November 16, 2005, reo).
Smith v. Doe, 2005 S.C. LEXIS 335 (November 14, 2005)
Opinion on the web at http://www.judicial.state.sc.us/opinions/displayOpinion.cfm?caseNo=26063 (last visited November 17, 2005 bgf)