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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Father of 30 Children Asks for State Help


Desmond Hatchett of Knoxville, Tenn., doesn't deny fathering 30 children, by 11 mothers no less -- instead, he's pleading with the state to help him out with child support.

Hatchett, just 33, appeared in court this week to make his case, WREG-TV reported.

Holding a minimum wage job, Hatchett already gives half his pay to the children's mothers but because he has a minimum wage job some moms get just $1.49 a month in support.


WREG noted that Hatchett had not broken any laws fathering so many children, and that the state had no means to require him to stop.

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Hat Tip: Kathleen Rand Reed

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Because many states use the same child support guidelines, it would be interesting to know what percentage these leave a parent to live on after paying support. In Louisiana, before support is calculated, any other court-ordered support may be deducted from the parent's overall income.

Posted by: Will Beaumont (Beaumont Divorce, 3801 Canal Sreet #207, New Orleans, LA 70119 (504) 483-8008) | May 29, 2012 2:01:05 PM

I say make Hatchett pay child support for each one of the 30 children. If he cant pay, throw him in jail for contempt of court.

Posted by: Tulsa Divorce Lawyers | May 30, 2012 6:30:19 PM

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