More than three days and 165 miles later, the Houston man ordered to pay child support for a child that is not his has finished his walk to Austin to raise awareness for his situation.
Gabriel Cornejo, 45, arrived at the state capital Tuesday morning.
“I like to thank everyone’s support for this . It has been a life changing event , we will have family law reform,” Cornejo wrote on Facebook, where he chronicled his journey through photos and videos.
LONG JOURNEY: Houston man paying child support for kid that’s not his is walking to Austin to raise awareness
Cornejo was ordered by a court to pay child support more than a decade ago for a baby his ex-girlfriend claimed was his. A DNA test proved otherwise, but according to Texas law, Cornejo is still responsible for roughly $65,000 in child support.
Cornejo must pay up because of Texas’ family code, chapter 161, which states, even if you’re not the biological father, you still owe child support that accrued before the DNA test proves you’re not the father, Cornejo’s lawyer Cheryl Coleman told Chron.com on July 23.
He is due back in court Aug. 28.