A child support judge has ruled that a woman who sought to pay child support for her ex-husband should not have to, saying it was a matter of fairness.
The Alabama Child Support Enforcement Division ruled in February that the woman’s appeal to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, which handles child support cases, was not timely filed.
But the judge didn’t issue a stay on the case.
Instead, she ruled that she should be allowed to keep the money she was owed.
The judge said the case was a “distressingly familiar” one.
She said the woman had filed for divorce after the husband filed for custody of the children from 2003 to 2009, which was after he remarried.
The judge said it was the wife’s choice to seek child support in an effort to support the children.
The decision comes as Alabama’s legislature is in the midst of debate over raising the minimum wage and making child support payments more equitable for single mothers.