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The Son Never Sets: Mom Seeks Decades of Child Support Income

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By Tanya Roth, Esq. on April 12, 2010 12:50 PM

A little behind on your child support payments? Well, consider this. Rosemary Douglas is suing ex-flame Urban Joseph Grass in a Los Angeles, Ca., courtroom on April 5, for some support payments she claims he missed. About 60 year's worth of payments. Yes, the plaintiff in this case is a youthful 81 and her son is now a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and grandfather, according to his proud mom.

The Houston Chronicle reports that since there is no statute of limitations on child support, Douglas is proceeding with the action against the recalcitrant Grass. The usual she said (it's your child) he said (I had no idea) has played out over the several decades since Douglas found herself with child, allegedly courtesy of Grass. According to Douglas, after her son Gerald was born, she sought a support order from the court. Grass's attorney, Pedram Mansouri, claims that Grass, a young soldier at that time, attended one court hearing that resulted in no child support order. He was sent overseas before any subsequent hearing took place. Mansouri claims Grass knew nothing of any order that he pay $50 a month in child support income.

For her part, the Chronicle says that Douglas tried repeatedly over the years to get Grass to pay up, but finally gave up, married, had a career and two children. Douglas is now a widow and wants to try one more time to get what she feels she is legally and morally owed. She says it's not the money, it's the principle. And the interest, which after nearly six decades, would be considerable.

But getting credible evidence to show to the court will be an obstacle. After this much time, any court records or service of process records Douglas could use to prove a support order existed, and that Glass knew of it, may be difficult to find. Also in her way is her ex-paramour's attorney, who is skeptical of her claims. "We are hoping to make this go away pretty quickly," Mansouri said. "I suspect it's an old lady down on her luck who's looking for some money." Time will tell.

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