Ark. Office of Child Support Enforcement v. PerryAnnotate this Case
A paternity complaint was filed against Appellee, alleging that he was the father of a child. A default judgment was later entered against Appellee ordering him to pay child support. More than fourteen years later and after the child had turned eighteen years of age, the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) filed a motion for judgment to collect reimbursement for $14,195 in child-support arrearages from Appellee. In response, Appellee filed a motion for paternity testing. The circuit court entered an order ordering genetic testing. The Supreme Court reversed, holding that, under the plain language of Ark. Code Ann. 9-10-115(e)(1)(a), Appellee was not entitled to a paternity test because the period that Appellee was required to pay child support ended when the child turned eighteen, and likewise, the period of time in which Appellee could seek a paternity test also ended when the child turned eighteen.