Former Marine Romel Smith says he’s paid nearly $30,000 in child support for a child who isn’t his.
Smith, learned that an unnamed 15-year-old girl wasn’t his daughter when she was 4-years-old after his mother prompted him to get a paternity test.
However, despite the child not being his, Ill. law forced him to pay child support for the child because he signed the child’s birth certificate.
In Ill., a birth certificate works as a binding legal document, thus, Smith was responsible to pay for the girl.
Smith has fought his case, even reaching the Supreme Court but to no avail.
Currently, Ill. is working on legislation to change this law. Smith hopes that he can get refunded for what he has paid, telling FOX 26, “I feel like every dime I’ve paid should be refunded to me, with interest and I hope it gets pushed through and I hope it prevents this situation from happening to someone else because like I said, no one deserves this.” (Watch full report above)