This is a California case. Is a signed stipulation to pay child support
always legally binding? This is not about me trying to skirt my parental responsibly, but about me trying to straighten out such an egregious situation that has plagued me for many years, all stemmed from the mother
of my son applied for, and received aid from the County under false pretense years ago, all unbeknownst to me. The stipulation that I signed ONLY came into existence 18 years ago as the direct result of the mother's filings for public assistance after our son was born, although since my son's birth everyone had been living under my roof, and ALL bills were paid by me for YEARS to come. Utimately when our son was about 16 months old, DCSS sent me a leter, told me that I had to go to its office in down town SD. That was the first time I ever heard of DCSS (it was called something else back then) and although I knew nothing about the mother's deeds in this matter, I was told by a DCSS case manager that since I was the father, I was financially responsible to pay the County back for the money my son's mother got from them. Not given a choice in the matter, I signed the form they gave me, believing that it was only my agreement to reimburse the County for what the mother had gotten. I absolutely had no clue that the document included a term that states I will also begin make monthly child support payment to the County as well. Why would any sane person agree to pay child support to the mother of his child, whilst he has been taking cared of them all? Anyhow, I came home, told my son's mom about my interesting meeting with DCSS, and unequivocally told her to close her filings with the County. She represented to me that she will take care of it, and I believed her. Fast forward to Jan 2016, after reviewing the case, hearing evidences and estimonies a Family Court Commissioner presiding over the case alluded that the original filings for aid by the mother from 18 years ago appeared to be questionable in cause, and the Commissioner's assessment was so concurred by the DCSS attorney - since the County's attorney contributed that "the case should be referred to the welfare fraud department for investigation". What is the validity of the "obviously unknowingly" signed stipulation in this case? It was after all nonethelessly stemmed from the mother's falsified filings for aid, essentially a product of her own dirty hand. Please know that my son has always been receiving constant emotional and financial care from me since birth. I have always been there for him throughout the years. This is a case of extreme greed and callousness of the mother, and I have been the victim throughout. Sincerely.