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Father forced by state to pay child support, even after he marries mother

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LAPEER COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Todd and Cassie Ulrich love watching their daughter Aubrey develop and grow.

But Todd Ulrich said he believes a failure by the friend of the court could take him out of the family picture.      

"I'm starting to fear it's getting to the point where a bench warrant is issued," Todd Ulrich said.

He said the Lapeer County court claims he's way behind in child support payments.

"Now we're at the point where Lapeer County doesn't want to drop the child support case, so I'm basically paying double for her," Todd Ulrich said.

The couple had Aubrey four years ago. They were still dating at the time.

Todd said he paid child support for more than three years, all the way up until the two got married last April.

He thought paying for child support had come to an end.

They don't currently live together, each staying at their parents' homes because they can't afford a home of their own.

"Our plan this year was to get our taxes, get my wife's car on the road, and find an apartment or something,” Todd Ulrich said.

When they filed their taxes, their dream to get a home was dashed. They claim the friend of the court took $1,200 from their taxes.

When they've questioned the courts, they feel they're getting the run-around.

"They tell me I have to pay money and file these papers and take time off of work, and miss time off of work, and all that, and lose out on a bunch of more money to get my money back. Our money back," Cassie Ulrich said.

They question why he's on the hook at all, when they are married and both support and raise young Aubrey.

"I really don't feel this is legal or legit, you know. You're going to have me paying outside. You know we're married. You have the copy. We're coming up on a year of being married, but you're still going to keep the child support going. It's just not right," Todd Ulrich said.

The Friend of the Court said it has to follow court orders and it's up to families to get those orders changed.

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