Child support 60 years late, woman sues

April 5, 2010 at 7:45 PM
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LOS ANGELES, April 5 (UPI) -- An 81-year-old woman is suing her ex-husband in Los Angeles for the $50-per-month child support she says he was supposed to start paying in 1950.

Rosemary Douglas, 81, said she became pregnant in 1950 and the father, Urban Joseph Grass, 52, to whom she was not married, wanted nothing to do with the baby and was ordered to pay $50 per month in child support. She says she never received the money, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday.

"He was ordered to do something. He didn't do it," Douglas said. "He didn't challenge it, not legally anyway. I'd always thought about this. It was never far from my mind. Finally I decided, why not? Why not try one more time?"

A lawyer for Grass, who now lives in Pearland, Texas, said the 82-year-old was unaware of the order until the lawsuit was filed. Attorney Pedram Mansouri said his client attended only one hearing on the subject before shipping to Korea with the Army and never received a child support order.

The suit is seeking $57,000 in unpaid child support.

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