Joe Vandusen had to fight the state of Iowa for eight months to avoid paying court-ordered child support for a child that was not his – this week, he won.
“It’s over,” said Vandusen, of Davenport.
In February of 2016, he opened a certified letter that ordered him to pay support for a baby born to his long-estranged wife.
“I thought it was a joke,” he recalled.
It wasn’t. The couple hadn’t seen in each other in more than 15 years, but had never divorced. By law in Iowa, and many other states, husbands are required to pay child support for any child born during the marriage.
Vandusen was laid off from his job this year, and says he didn’t have the money to fight the order.
He told his story in March to WQAD-TV, and struck a nerve.