Court Bans Deadbeat Dad From Fathering Any More Children
An Ohio appeals court has upheld a judge’s order to ban a deadbeat dad from fathering any more kids until he has caught up on his past-due child support payments.
Last year, Lorain County Probate Judge James Walther ordered Asim Taylor to five years of probation during which he is not allowed to father any more kids after failure to pay $100,000 in child support payments for his four kids.
Walther told Taylor “I put this condition on for one reason and one reason alone. It’s your personal responsibility to pay for these kids.”
Walther ruled that if Taylor impregnated another woman, he would automatically be sentenced to a year in prison but said that he would lift the ban if Taylor caught up on his payments.
Taylor’s attorney called the ruling unconstitutional, saying “the court is stepping into his bedroom. The only way he can insure not impregnating a woman is to not have sex and I do not believe the court has the ability to do that based on the case law. Based on his fundamental rights, I don’t believe the court has the ability to do that.”
The appeals court disagreed with Taylor’s attorney, upholding the ruling. Judge Donna Carr wrote “the defendant has demonstrated a long-term refusal to support multiple children by multiple women notwithstanding his ability to work and contribute something for their care, an anti-procreation condition is reasonably related to future criminality.”
“Taylor has here demonstrated that he is not inclined to support any of his children. There is no reason to believe that he would be inclined to support any future children,” she added.