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Judge Orders Man to Pay Nearly $50,000 for 34 Years of Delinquent Support

September 24, 1993

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) _ A judge ordered a man to pay nearly $50,000 for 34 years of delinquent support to his ex-wife.

Franklin Hayes Bullock Jr. never paid a cent since the day a support order was issued here on Jan. 9, 1959, court records said.

His former wife, Jeanette Bullock of suburban Philadelphia, stopped trying to collect in the early 1960s, figuring it was hopeless.

After the Bullocks’ youngest son, Paul, died in 1991 at age 34 after a liver transplant, they disagreed on the administration of his estate. Jeanette Bullock’s lawyer discovered the old court order and renewed the case.

Bullock, now 77 and a resident of Land O’Lakes, Fla., plans to appeal the ruling, issued Sept. 15.

In 1959, Bullock was ordered to pay $35 a week in support for his ex-wife and his two younger sons as the eldest, Thackery, was already an adult. Bullock said he never knew about the judge’s ruling because it was issued while he was jailed for desertion and nonsupport.

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