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Michigan Dad Needs to Pay Bill Or Marry Baby Mama

One Michigan daddy has to pony up the cost of his daughter's medical expenses for her birth ($3,800) or marry her mama. Gary Johnson plans to wed JaeLyn's mother, Rebecca Witt, but the couple wants to do it on their own accord and are struggling financially. One report said:

The Michigan Legislature amended the state's paternity act five years ago to waive birthing costs for a father, if he married the child's mother. A year later, Witt gave birth to JaeLyn. The state paid for the hospital costs because Witt was on Medicaid at the time and is now trying to recover the money."

Unless the father presents a marriage certificate he has to pay. What is your opinion of the paternity act that is seen as a marriage incentive for moms and dads?


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