Torrance man who paid $50,000 for child that wasn’t his biological offspring loses his appeal. Three appellate court justices have decided that state law precludes reimbursement to a Torrance veteran who claims he paid nearly $50,000 in child support for a son who wasn’t his.
One justice, however, suggested the law may be unfair and the Legislature should correct it.
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Taron James, 38, said he would appeal the decision to the state Supreme Court.
“The fight is to keep this from happening to anyone else,” James said from the courthouse in Los Angeles, where he and his attorney were collecting papers to appeal.
“It’s horrendous what they’re getting away with and saying this is the law and that’s the way it is,” James added.
James was in the U.S. Navy in 1992, serving in the Persian Gulf, when a boy named Tyler was born to his former girlfriend.
She named James as the father, and the first he heard about the boy was when she requested child support.
James said he knew from the timing that the boy wasn’t his, and the mother agreed to genetic testing but then disappeared, according to James.
Two years later, the District Attorney’s Office – which handled child-support cases back then – filed a complaint against James. However, James says he was never properly served and was even given a summons for a different case.