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Father of 30 children seeks child support adjustment

A Tennessee man has set a record that most people probably would not consider a notable achievement: having more children than any other man or woman in his county, and probably more than any parent in most counties in Ohio and throughout the U.S.

Specifically, the 33-year-old Knoxville resident has fathered 30 children with 11 different women. With that large number of children, it is no surprise that the man is having trouble keeping up with his child support payments, especially considering the fact that he is currently working a minimum wage job. In recent years, the man has been in and out of family court in Tennessee, most recently to ask for a downward modification of his child support obligation.

The man's 30 children range in age from toddler to teenager, and he has had nine in the past three years. In 2009, ironically, he went on a local television interview and vowed that he would not father any more children. But despite the large number of offspring, the man says he has no problem keeping their names, ages and birthdates straight.

However, one problem facing the man is his ability to pay child support. He currently makes minimum wage, and state law dictates that he can't be forced to pay more than half of his earnings to the mothers of his children. This means that some of his kids receive less than $2 per month in child support.

But they might soon receive even less - the man recently went to family court and asked for a decrease in his child support obligations, stating that he is unable to make ends meet with his current payment schedule. Do you think the court should grant that request?

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Man who had 30 kids with 11 women wants child-support break," Rene Lynch, May 18, 2012

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