Child Support

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

It's a child support case that involves three women and six children, but only one man, a Tennessee state senator who heads a committee on child welfare.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that state senator John Ford testified last November that he lives in separate homes with two women whose children he fathered, paying nearly all the bills.

One home is where his ex-wife lives with their three children, another is where his longtime girlfriend lives with their two children.

Ford testified in Juvenile Court because a third woman is suing to increase the child-support level for their 10-year-old daughter. But the lawmaker is arguing that a law he authored keeps child support lower when a father is financially responsible for other children.

Ford may have another child to support soon, his ex-wife tells the newspaper that she's six months pregnant and that Ford is the father.

A court referee has set another hearing for Tuesday.

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